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PETITION TARGET: City of Youngstown Police Department

Several dogs in Youngtown, Ohio’s east side have been found abused and/or killed in the same general area, including a pit bull mix who was shot nine times and had drag marks on his body. Around 24 hours later, a second emaciated pit bull was found along the side of nearby road, deceased and wrapped in a tarp, according to a WKBM 27 news report.

A citizen first noticed the dog who’d been shot lying on the side of a road as another dog rested his head on the deceased dog’s side. As the citizen called for help, the second dog began circling, trying to protect the deceased pit bull before running off, according to The Vindicator newspaper. The deceased pit bull was described as “filthy” and his back was injured from being dragged.

These events occurred a few days after two other dogs were found in the same area, according to the Mahoning County Dog Warden Facebook page.

First, a deceased male mastiff mix was found dumped in a trash bag alongside an area road. The following day, Petunia, who was picked up by a kind stranger, was found emaciated and with severely infected paws, resulting from being dragged. Fortunately, Petunia is now in a foster home where she is receiving medical attention and lots of love.

“Every day we have been faced with one extreme case of abuse after another,” Animal Charity of Ohio wrote in a Facebook Post the day the dog who had been shot was found. “Where is the humanity in our county? What will it take to stop the violence against companion animals? This is a war against the most innocent and it has to stop.”

We agree, and we need your help.

Sign our petition urging the City of Youngstown Police Department to thoroughly investigate and hold accountable the person(s) responsible for these gruesome acts of cruelty before they can harm more dogs.