A massive number of garbage bags containing deceased dogs and scattered canine skeletal remains has been discovered near Marlin City Park.
City of Marlin Mayor Elizabeth Nelson made the discovery while accompanying a Falls Animal Rescue Mission member on a search for the suspected site on Dec. 1.
“They received a tip, and I wanted to see if there was any truth to it,” Nelson said. “There were garbage bags illegally dumped there and a number of skeletal remains of dogs strewn around.
“This land is close to a stream and is not a legal dumping site – the discovery of this many carcasses in one place requires an investigation.”
After contacting the Marlin Police Department for assistance, Nelson watched officers open one of the black garbage bags.
She described what she saw as being “gruesome” and “unacceptable.”
“The officers opened the bag containing a dog and saw it was a recent death, but you could also see a lot of canine jaw bones and leg bones scattered all around the site,” she said. “It was obvious that dead dogs have been being dumped on city property for some time.”
Nelson has requested law enforcement officials conduct an investigation into where the dogs came from and why they were killed.
It is suspected that the dogs were shot prior to their carcasses being dumped onto the city property.
The number of bags and remains buried on the property has not yet been determined.
Anyone with information about the deaths of the dogs or the disposal of their carcasses is encouraged to call the Marlin Police Department at (254) 883-9255. Callers can remain anonymous.