Community wants answers after puppies found dead in ditch


Police have questions after finding two dead puppies dumped in a ditch near Maize High School. 

“I think it’s horrible that anyone would do that to a pet,” said Penny Snyder, who lives half a block away. 

There was lots of anger and frustration in Maize Tuesday after brother and sister pit bulls were found dead in a ditch. 

Snyder, an animal lover who has a dog of her own, can’t believe the news. 

“It gives me rage,” she said. “I think it’s terrible. There’s places to take pets like this.”

“Dogs are special,” said Mariah Erickson, who also lives nearby. “They’re family friends and every dog deserves to live and have a happy life.”

Maize Police Detective Jeff Piper says the puppies were found in the ditch near 119th and 45th streets.

He said, police got there as soon as they could after getting a call from a passerby Tuesday morning. 

“There were no signs of gunshot wounds,” said Piper. “But, there was some blood around some of the muzzle of one of the dogs and maybe what appeared to be maybe some road rash about its muzzle.”

The female had a purple leash around its body, causing police to believe these dogs have an owner and their deaths to be suspicious.  

“To find what would normally be two domestic dogs dead in a ditch, other than being hit by a car, that obviously raises some concern on our part as to what the circumstances were behind their death,” said Piper.

Now, the police department looks to the community for answers. 

“I just don’t know how somebody can do something like that. I just don’t,” said Snyder. 

Piper says he is not calling this a criminal incident until talking to who was behind dumping the dogs and finding the motive behind it. 

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