Union County dogs found mutilated

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

BLUE SPRINGS – Residents of Blue Springs and the Alpine community are scared for their pets after several have been discovered mutilated.
Since the middle of November, at least 11 dogs have been stolen from homes in Blue Springs, according to Union County investigators.
Roger Garner, chief investigator for the Union County Sheriff’s Department, is trying to solve the gruesome case.
Garner said after two of the dogs were found mutilated, the situation became serious.
“We found two of the missing dogs with their throats cut and bodies duct-taped,” Garner said. “That is a big issue. It was bad enough to have that many come up missing in one area, but finding them that way is just awful.”
James Stewart, a Union County resident, said he’d heard that the dogs were found with their heads cut completely off. Stewart said he doesn’t let his out alone at night anymore.
“That’s just crazy,” Stewart said. “When your pets aren’t safe and are being killed by people, that is scary. None of the missing dogs lived near my house, but it still makes you a little nervous.”
Garner said several witnesses in the area said they have seen a white car with a Lee County license plate riding through the Blue Springs area where many of the dogs were taken.
“We had reports that the women in the white car were caught trying to get a dog in the vehicle,” Garner said. “We want to find whoever is doing this. We take this very seriously because theses aren’t strays. They are people’s pets.”
If you have any information about this case, call the Union County Sheriff’s Department at (662) 534-1941.
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