Bethlehem police have discovered two dead dogs inside of plastic bags alongside Clapper and Weisheit roads in Selkirk.
Police said investigators along with the Bethlehem Animal Control officer are investing the case as two animal cruelty incidents after an examination revealed that the animals were kicked to death before being left on the side of the road.
As employees of the Town's Highway Department were removing debris located alongside the roadway they found two plastic bags, one black and one blue, which had dead dogs in them, according to a release from Bethlehem Police. "Due to the condition of the dogs, it appears they were left at different times. The dogs are both described as beagles, one being a white and brown female and the second a tri-colored male."
One of the dogs was transported to the Five Rivers Environmental and Education Center in New Scotland to be examined by the state's Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Pathologist Ward Stone.
Police said Stone determined the trauma that caused the death of the beagle was "consistent with the dog being kicked to death."
Bethlehem police are asking anyone with information about the incidents to contact the police department at 439-9973, as the case is still ongoing.
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