Missing dogs turn up dead

Published 09/25 2012 10:05PM

Updated 09/26 2012 05:11PM

HOOPESTON -- Man's best friends are turning up dead. Now police are trying to figure out how it happened. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau finds out what's involved in the investigation. 

Authorities say two pit bulls were found on the railroad tracks. Police suspect someone put them there. They say the train ran them over but are not sure if that's how they died. It's leaving a lot of unanswered questions.

"My daughter said she remembered backing out of the driveway and he was laying on her bed looking out her bedroom window at her," said Joshua Inman. 

That was the last time he and his family ever saw Bull. They put him and another dog outside last Wednesday night. In the morning, they were gone. They called police.

"We just wanted people to know that they weren't vicious dogs. They got out but there really isn't a concern. We just wanted to find the dogs," said Inman.

He never expected this.

"They told us that they had found two dogs' bodies placed on the railroad tracks here in town. Pretty gruesome scene. It was surreal definitely. I mean, there's really no way to describe it. I just definitely didn't think it was my dogs," said Inman.

Now he's wondering if someone has a grudge against pit bulls.

"I don't believe that because of the breed, that if it's out, that it should be punished immediately and I believe that's probably what the case was in this situation," said Inman.

"A lot of people just think because they're big and muscular and they're kind of scary looking, that they could be vicious," said Jordan Carswell. 

He breeds pit bulls and says they are the exact opposite.
"They're really loving. They love the kids and everything. I have three small kids. I have a 7-year old, a 5-year old and a 3-year old. And, all of my dogs, they climb on their laps and lick them," said Carswell.

"Best dog I've ever had. Never had an aggressive moment. I don't even believe he had a mean bone in him," said Inman.

The dogs are currently at the UI Vet Diagnostic Lab for a necropsy. The Inmans hope to have results by the end of the week.

Police say a third dog was also found dead last week, but it wasn't found on the tracks, and it wasn't a pit bull. They are still trying to find its owner.

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