YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A disturbing case of animal cruelty as two dead puppies are found hog-tied and dumped in the snow in downtown Youngstown.
Mahoning County's Deputy Dog Warden Dave Nelson and Youngstown police are hoping that a Western Reserve Transit Authority surveillance video captured a glimpse of who's responsible for killing two six-week-old puppies and dumping them like they're garbage on the street.
A man picking up litter in the median of West Federal Street discovered the animals at around 1:40 p.m. Monday.
The two German Shepherd puppies had their legs hog-tied and similar restraints around their neck that authorities say tightened like a noose the more the little puppies struggled.
Walter Perez, the head of security for the WRTA bus station just across the street, is outraged. "It's insane. It's insane, totally insane. When I crossed the street, I saw two dogs, bound and gagged right here. Frozen to death and hog-tied," Perez said.
Someone covered the pups with a maroon colored sheet when on-lookers began to gather at the bus station, and then the Youngstown Police Crime Lab was called in to photograph the scene before the dog warden took the animals away.
'This here is just an act of violence, and whoever did this needs to be incarcerated. This is just wrong," said David Nelson.
Humane Agents tell 21 News this is the second time in a week in Youngstown that puppies have been found hog-tied and abused.
There was a case on Lakeview on Youngstown's west side last week. That puppy was given medical treatment and survived.
But in this case, authorities hope surveillance video from the bus station will catch the person responsible for the crime on tape.