30 Dogs Missing In Idaho: Authorities Suspect Missing Dogs Executed In ‘Ritual Killing’
The 30 dogs missing in Idaho disappeared under mysterious conditions. Authorities are worried that the dogs are being killed as part of a ritual execution after one dog, a German Shepherd, was discovered with its head bashed in and a purple cloth draped over its carcass, Reuters reported.
In recent months, over 30 dogs have mysteriously disappeared in southern Idaho in an area known as Magic Valley. According to animal control officials, the missing dogs were removed or released from private yards, let off their chains or never returned home after being let loose to roam. The Daily Mail reported that the missing dogs are of all shapes, sizes and ages.
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"Animals go missing every day. What's disturbing about this trend is that there is absolutely no trace of them," Lisa Kauffman, Idaho director of the Humane Society of the United States, told Reuters.
Earlier this month, hikers stumbled upon the remains of a German Shepherd while traversing an area known as the Devil's Corral. The dog's head had been crushed with a rock and its body was covered with a purple cloth, making it appear to be some kind of ritual killing.
The Humane Society of the United States has issued a $5,000 reward for information that could lead to a conviction in the dog's death, according to Reuters. The dog has yet to be claimed.
An animal shelter director in Twin Falls said that this was not the only dog found dead in recent months under puzzling circumstances, and that the dogs seem to "vanish into thin air."
The director, Debbie Blackwood, told Reuters that dogs had been found with their mouths duct-taped shut and their teeth filed off "so they couldn't fight back". She says the dogs were used as bait dogs to train other dogs. Authorities said it was unclear whether that case was related to the disappearance of the other 30 dogs.
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