SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) – The search for a pack of dogs roaming a vacant industrial site and 82-acre nature area has resulted in four of the animals being shot.
Wildlife officers recovered the carcasses of three of the dogs, while a fourth was wounded, Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel told The Saginaw News for a story Tuesday.
“We think (the wounded dog) may have gone and died. That just leaves one dog,” said Federspiel.
A trail camera photo showed five dogs in the pack, which is believed to have killed a 65-pound dog in its owner’s backyard.
Earlier this month, local and federal authorities searched by horseback and air and also set traps to capture the dogs. A U.S. Department of Agriculture employee spent nearly two weeks tracking the dogs.
The area, near the Green Point Nature Center, was home to the Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant before the structure was razed in 2010. Authorities suspect the dogs made their home in the area.
Officers checking traps set for the dogs have seen deer in the area, possibly indicating any remaining dogs in the pack may have moved on, Federspiel said. Deer likely would avoid an area where a pack of dogs was present.
Wildlife officers and animal control officials will determine if the search, about 80 miles north of Detroit, will continue.
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