FLINT (WWJ/AP) – Workers involved in blight elimination efforts in Flint found 12 dead dogs dumped in the middle of a street in trash bags.

Flint spokesman Jason Lorenz said the dogs were found Monday morning  in the 1200 block of Rankin Street and the animals may have been used in dog fighting. Police Chief James Tolbert said it wasn’t immediately known how the dogs died.

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There aren’t any occupied homes on the block where the dogs were found, which has trash, tires and furniture strewn along the street, according to the Flint Journal.

Tips are being sought by police. The Genesee County Humane Society also is investigating.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 810-237-6801 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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The discovery comes less than a week after dozens of dead dogs were found at River Rouge Park in Detroit. The bodies were exposed by melting snow. While some of the dogs were clearly involved in fighting activities, other appear to have been strays or worse — dropped off by families that at one time might have loved them. One dog in particular was found dead inside its kennel, dumped along the side of the road.

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