It's a doggone mystery: A North Texas county has seen more than 40 of its dogs disappear since November, a number Sheriff David Walker does consider abnormally high. Law enforcement officials say they have no physical proof that the dogs were snatched; there haven't been suspicious persons reported and only a single report of an out-of-place car. But Wise County locals are having a hard time accepting their similar situations as a coincidence. Robin Lewis' black Lab vanished from her Decatur home on Dec. 27 (the aforementioned car was seen in her neighborhood that day, reports WFAA). On the same day, the town's mayor had two dogs, a pit bull and Great Dane, vanish from his fenced backyard.
As Lewis puts it, "I think it's very suspicious that three very large, friendly dogs disappear in the same neighborhood at the exact same time." Lewis asks NBCDFW, "Who's taking them? And what are they doing with them?" Walker responds to one potential answer to that question: "Could they be using them in dog fights? It's possible." (Here's another disappeared-dog story with a better ending.)