MARYSVILLE (CBS13) — The discovery of a pair of murdered family pets has grown into a significantly more disturbing criminal case after residents found a total of five dogs dead in the same part of Yuba County, authorities said.
The Boatright family said their two dogs, a Chihuahua named Mabel and a Weimeraner named Darby, were found “executed.” Yuba County Animal Control officers discovered the dogs in early August, just a few days after they slipped out of an open door at the family home.
“They were shot in the back of the head and placed on the railroad tracks,” said Ian Boatright.
Members of the family decided to search the area and found a total of three other dead dogs nearby. All five of the dogs were found within a half-mile radius of the family’s home and were also found between the rails of the train tracks.
Investigators were unable to determine the cause of death for the other three dogs.
Yuba County Sheriff’s Deputies have begun investigating the case and said they don’t have any immediate suspects, but hope to quickly narrow down persons of interest in the case with tips from residents.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.