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Fruitland man says he stumbled upon dead puppies in plastic garbage bags

A Fruitland man says he discovered three dead puppies in plastic trash bags in rural Payette County last week. (Mike Rohrer Courtesy)

A Fruitland man says he discovered three dead puppies in plastic trash bags in rural Payette County last week.

And the sight has prompted him and his friends to try and find out who dumped the dogs.

"I was blown away when I seen this scene that day and thought to myself just who could be (so) heartless to just throw dogs in a bag and toss them out like garbage," said Mike Rohrer, who found the dogs Oct. 18 near Pearl Road, told KBOI 2News. "Makes no sense to me."

It's unknown how the dogs died, whether it was from illness or if they suffocated.

"But we DO know for certain that the way they were disposed of like trash is illegal, inhumane and just heartless," the post on social media stated. "They didn't deserve to die and be thrown out in the hills in garbage bags."

The dogs are believed to be four-month-old husky pups. They were not microchipped.

"I think I was chosen to come across this scene to bring this terrible act out and to educate the public that this isn’t right," Rohrer said.

Payette County Sheriff Lt. Andy Creech says, "We don't have a cause of death for the dogs, we looked at the dogs and inspected them, and there's not obvious signs of trauma, there aren't any obvious signs of abuse or anything like that."

His office has received several tips and phone calls and all leads are investigated further. If a suspect is found, Creech says any possible charges would be determined by the Payette County Prosecutor's Office.



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