15 dogs found dead in Laurens Co., sheriff’s office investigating

WARNING: Story contains video of deceased animals that may be disturbing to some.

LAURENS Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies are investigating after 15 dogs were found dead Tuesday in the Gray Court area.

Mickey Fortin was walking on Stoddard Mill Road when he saw what he thought was trash. But as he got closer, he realized it was four dead dogs along the side of the road.

Fortin found five more dead dogs about a mile away–also along Stoddard Mill Road in Gray Court.

“It’s horrific to see that,” Fortin said.

He livestreamed the discovery in a Facebook video and notified authorities.

Laurens County Animal Control confirmed they received a complaint that multiple dogs were found dead on the side of the road just before 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Animal control said a total of 11 dogs were found — four were found dead in a ditch, five were found on Bryson Ford Road and two others were found dead on Sweetbriar Road.

A couple dogs appeared to have been shot to death.

Authorities found four more dogs just after 2 p.m. Tuesday, bringing the total up to 15 dogs found deceased.

“It looks like they’ve been executed or something,” Fortin said in a video he recorded just after the gruesome discoveries.

7 News is told the dogs appear to be older Chihuahuas.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at 864-984-4967 or CRIMESTOPPERS at 864-68-CRIME.

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