GILMER (May 24, 2014) Eight dogs whose bloated carcasses were found in a creek south of Gilmer had scars and cuts that indicate they were used for dog fighting, authorities say.
Most of the animals were pit bulls used for fighting while the others were mixed breeds, including two small ones likely used as bait dogs.
Some of the bodies were found Friday in garbage bags.
The animals may have been in the creek for as long as a week.
Upshur County Constable Gene Dolle described the cruelty involved in the deaths as "mind-boggling."
He says the discovery coupled with the smell was nauseating.
Authorities were seeking the public's help in identifying suspects.