LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - The Lehigh Co. Humane Society confirmed on Sunday that 11 dead puppies found near Lower Macungie Park were skinned to the bone.
It is the second skinned animal discovered in the county in just one week. As police investigate whether the two cases are related, one group is offering a reward for information.
The puppies were discovered Friday afternoon about 50 feet off Quarry Road, just past the park. A woman who was walking her dog made the discovery, according to Humane Society shelter director Cary Moran.
Moran confirmed that all 11 puppies were skinned. Several were found inside a plastic bag. Initial reports from State Police indicated the animals had only been "shaved."
"There was fur on the feet," said Moran. "It looks like black and tan fur on the feet. They have a long nostril."
The remains are now in a freezer at the Humane Society's shelter. Monday, a vet will perform hair and DNA testing, Moran said.
"We know they're from the canine family, but we're not sure if they're domestic dogs or possibly coyote," she said.
It's the second disturbing discovery this week. A tree trimmer discovered an animal last week, hanging from a tree along Route 863 near Lynnport, about 20 miles away. The animal was also skinned, as well as cooked.
"They could be related," said Moran. "It's kind of odd that in one single week you have two cases of animals being skinned and found."
Tests on the Lynnport animal, which may be a coyote left behind by a hunter, are expected back early this week.
As the investigation grows, so too does the amount of reward money being offered for information in these cases. The Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club is now raising reward money online.
"It started at a very modest $100, and it's actually still climbing right now," said David Lee, the group's co-founder.
Meantime, back at the Humane Society, they know the odds of catching a suspect are slim.
"When someone just dumps animals out in the middle of nowhere, it becomes very difficult," said Moran.
Anyone with information should call Pennsylvania State Police in Fogelsville at 610-395-1438.
Allentown, PA 18102