FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon County couple who found two dead pit bulls on the side of the road, says the animals were frozen and bloody. The dogs were discovered with apparent bite wounds to the face on Hyde Park Road, near McMillan Elementary School on Sunday afternoon.
WZZM 13 was on scene when animal control arrived and is warning viewers that some of the images are disturbing.
Joe Weaver removed the covers on the side of a frozen road to show WZZM 13 the two pit bulls he found Sunday afternoon. "Looks like something just ripped their face right off, their teeth, they were definitely fought."
Weaver says he was alerted by one of his dogs while walking with his wife around their neighborhood. "No tracks were here so they just kind of got dumped from the road like a piece of garbage."
"I'm so sad people would do that to an animal, just so sad, I cried all night" says Gail Weaver, Joe's wife.
Weaver posted the pictures on Facebook, which were shared by others dozens of times. Muskegon County Animal Control responded, after getting a tip on social media. "Looks like it came from another dog, I couldn't tell you really if it was fighting, there wasn't really a whole lot of other extensive wounds throughout the body," says Deputy Tiffany Peterson with Muskegon County Animal Control.
Deputies photographed the scene and examined the wounds, but there was no microchip to identify the animals. Without a microchip on the dogs, animal control says it's very difficult to figure out who is responsible. "The people could have been from the other side of the county and just drove out here because its in the middle of no where," says Peterson.
As a veteran, Weaver brought an American flag to honor the animals. "What kind of an American would do this, it just doesn't make sense," says Weaver. He hopes to name them, Moody and George, after Moody Air Force base in Georgia.
Muskegon County animal control took the two pit bulls to a local veterinarian to examine the bodies, which is expected to take a couple days.