Vet: Dead dogs likely had dog-fighting injuries

FRUITLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after two dead dogs were found near North Muskegon.

Joe Weaver and his wife were taking a walk Sunday afternoon when their dog alerted them to the remains in the ditch.

“We looked over there and there was two dead dogs laying over there with wounds — pretty bad facial wounds. They looked like they had been fought,” Weaver said. “It just made us sick to our stomachs.”

Weaver did not want any of the kids at nearby McMillan Elementary to see what the dogs, so he covered them with a blanket until Animal Control could remove them.

The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office had a veterinarian examine the animals. The vet determined that the injuries they sustained were likely caused by dog fighting, but the causes of their deaths has not yet been determined.

Authorities say it may be several days before they have enough information to indicate whether a crime was committed. They agree that it is highly unlikely that the dogs wandered to that spot and died on their own, but say it’s possible there is an explanation that does not involve a crime.

“There’s no tracks. I took pictures of that,” Weaver said.

He said he thinks that anyone who were to have left the dogs there would have had to stop at the edge of the road and toss them about 20 feet.

“Just like garbage, they were laying together,” Weaver said.

Weaver said he’s a dog-lover, and finding the dogs did not sit well with him.

“I am always going to remember them dogs,” Weaver said.

He said he wants the dogs’ bodies back.

“I said that I would bury them at my place just to make sure they get a decent burial,” Weaver said.

Weaver named the pair Moody and George and said he has the space to bury them. He says it’s the least he can do.

Anyone with information about the dogs is asked to call Silent Observer at 231.72.CRIME (27463).

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