Investigators: Dead dogs not part of dog fighting

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon County investigators have determined two dogs found dead along Hyde Park Road in Fruitland Township, had not been involved with dog fighting.

A couple walking in the area discovered the dogs on February 23.

Investigators say forensics exams reveal the injuries happened after the dogs had died. According to authorities, the investigation reveals no connection to organized dog-fighting.

Investigators say necropsies show a possible cause of death but details are not being released while the investigation is underway.

Pound Buddies, Muskegon County's largest animal shelter, paid for the necropsies to take place at Michigan State University. The cost was $1,280, according to shelter director Connie Kerry. The Sheriff's Office said they didn't have the funds at the time to pay, so Pound Buddies paid out of its general fund, says Kerry. She says they wanted the necropsy done quickly before the dogs decomposed. She says they still decompose quickly in the freezer.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department or Silent Observer at (231) 72-CRIME.


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