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Two dogs were shot dead and dumped in Hernando. It may be linked to dogfighting.

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Published Jun. 13

RIDGE MANOR — Two dead pit bullterriers with bullet holes in their heads were found stuffed in garbage bags this past weekend, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

An animal enforcement officer investigated a report June 8 that two carcasses were dumped near Plymouth Rock Drive and Wilford Street. The officer found a male and female dog, in the early stages of decomposition, in black garbage bags.

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The male dog had suffered "severe" injuries in addition to the gunshot wound and the body appeared to have been kept in a freezer, deputies said. The female dog did not have any visible injuries, except for the gunshot wound.

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Deputies believe the dogs were used for dog fighting and may have been dumped by someone from outside the county. Those involved in dogfighting tend to travel far to get rid of the dogs, according to the Sheriff's Office.

In the past, several dogs have been left abandoned in the area with injuries that suggested they were used for dogfighting. But those dogs were found alive, deputies said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Hernando County Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830. To send an anonymous tip, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-8466 or go online at www.hernandocountycrimestoppers.com.

Contact Paige Fry at pfry@tampabay.com. Follow @paigexfry.

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