Dead dogs found in Muncie may have been used in dog fighting

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MUNCIE, Ind. (April 14, 2015)– Police located two dead pit bulls in Muncie this weekend, believed to be used in dog fighting. It’s not the only case troubling investigators. Police later found another pit bull dead in a vehicle.

Bikers found the two dead dogs on Saturday, in a spot along East Eighth Street. Those who discovered the animals said they were placed in trash bags. One appeared to have been decomposing for some time.

“It’s sad, and it’s traumatic,” said Melissa Blair, of the Animal Services Board, “The one that had been most recently dumped, there were marks on the face consistent with dog fighting.”

That sparks awareness for Muncie Police. Though investigators said dog fighting is rare, they could find more canine victims well after the event.

“Dog fighting is not something that’s common in Muncie, but if people get together and decide to have a dog fight here or close sometimes, we’ll find multiple animals afterward,” said Sergeant Seth Stanley, with Muncie Police.

Later Saturday, Muncie Police found two more pit bulls in a vehicle at a home in the 400 block of East Ninth Street. One was alive, and the other was dead.

“The dog that was found dead had a collar on and leash, it appears it hung itself inside the car. The other dog was malnourished but doing well,” said Stanley.

FOX59 found that dog recovering at the Muncie Animal Shelter.

Investigators said they’re still looking into the circumstances of the second case. Stanley said the dogs belonged to a relative of the homeowner, and they believe the relative left the dogs in that vehicle. A detective has been assigned to that incident.

“We could file charges in that,” he said.

At this point, investigators do not believe the two cases are related.

You’re asked to call the Muncie Police Department at 765-286-4050 with any tips.

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