Volunteers cleaning up in their North Carolina town made a grisly discovery when they found the remains of 10 dogs wrapped in plastic trash bags and tossed in a ditch.
On Saturday, volunteers came out to help with “Operation Spring Cleaning,” picking up trash in Robeson County over a period of four hours, Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins wrote in a Facebook post.
“Sadly, and under current investigation was the discovery of 10 dogs (mostly but not all pit-bulls) wrapped in trash bags and thrown alongside a ditch bank,” Wilkins wrote in the post.
Authorities are trying to find out who owned the dogs, CNN reports.
“We’re hoping somebody comes forward,” Wilkins told CNN.
Authorities were unable to determine how the dogs died because their bodies were too badly decomposed to tell, Wilkins said, the Associated Press reports.