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Idaho Mystery: Dogs Are Vanishing
Almost 40 missing since November, with one possibly used in ritual killing
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2013 9:09 AM CDT
A lot of dogs have gone missing lately.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – It's not safe to be man's best friend right now in southern Idaho. Nearly 40 dogs have disappeared since November, KPVI reports, and authorities fear they're meeting grisly fates. "The dogs seem to vanish into thin air," animal shelter director Debbie Blackwood tells Reuters. The disappearances became especially troubling when authorities found a German shepherd that appeared to have been killed in what Blackwood terms a "ritualistic execution"; its head had been bashed in with a rock and its body draped in purple cloth.

The Humane Society is now offering a $5,000 reward for information on that death. Still, it's unclear if that dog has any link to the disappearances. Dogs have gone missing from private yards, been released from chains, or simply never returned home, and Blackwood says two dog owners have reported seeing strangers try to lure their pets into a car. "Animals go missing every day," the head of Idaho's Humane Society says. "What's disturbing about this trend is that there is absolutely no trace of them."

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texron
Mar 22, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
New Chinese Buffet...all you can eat.....special low price !
slammer
Mar 22, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
dog meat is a treat! yummmmmmmmm!
trbo
Mar 21, 2013 11:43 PM CDT
Well obviously I'm not posting amongst many dog(animal) lovers. I happen to love my dog immensely and if someone were to shoot or otherwise harm her (or any of my animals), I fear it would be they that someone would be looking for!