Dozens of Dogs Go Missing in Idaho

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Dozens of dogs have seemingly disappeared over the past few months in the Magic Valley region of Idaho, according to USA Today, and authorities have no leads.

Almost 40 dogs have been reported missing since November. "The dogs seem to vanish into thin air," said Debbie Blackwood, director of the Twin Falls, Idaho, animal shelter.

Many of the dogs were plucked from yards or were not on leashes, but some weren't as accessible. Hannah Robinson, 19, has been missing her Chihuahua, Clio, since December. "All four of our dogs were in crates in the garage, and when we came back from church, he was gone," said Robinson.

Meanwhile, a ritualistically killed German Shepherd was found along the rim of nearby Snake River Canyon. The dog was apparently stoned to death and covered with a purple cloth. But no one has come forward to claim the dog, and police are not investigating because no reports have been filed. The Humane Society is offering $5,000 for more information.

It's unclear if the dead German Shepherd is connected in any way to the rash of missing dogs, but in any case, police can't do much when people don't go to them to report incidents. "We have been hearing and seeing a lot of things on Facebook, but we haven't had any missing dogs reports come through us," Lt. Dan Kennedy of the Jermone County sheriff's office told USA Today.

Lisa Kauffman, a Boise-based spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the United States, says the missing dogs may be part of any number of issues including, possibly, dog fighting, because although the missing dogs are of all different sizes and breeds, many of them are German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.

However, John Goodwin, head of animal cruelty policy for the Humane Society, says that dog fighting is unlikely to be connected because those involved with the illegal practice breed and train dogs to fight, and would not tend to use just any dog they could find.

According to Amber Halsell of Twin Falls, who has been tracking the missing dogs since February, other breeds that have disappeared include Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, Schnauzers, a Maltese, a St. Bernard, a Pug, a Dachshund, a Great Dane and more.

The Twin Falls Animal Shelter posted this warning on Facebook: "In light of the recent missing dogs, we are wanting to remind everyone to keep their dogs contained as much as possible for a loose dog is a dog in danger."


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