The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office says an investigation is underway after a deputy on Saturday found three dogs that were killed and dumped at a ranch on Ball Mountain/Little Shasta Road.

“Animal cruelty and illegal dumping are very serious criminal offenses and we are vigorously investigating this case in cooperation with Siskiyou County Animal Control,” states Sheriff Jon Lopey in a news release. “We will also attempt to develop additional leads by thoroughly examining the carcasses recovered in this case.”

He urges anyone who may have information about the incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office 24-Hour Dispatch Center at 530-841-2900.

The Sheriff’s Office Deputy was dispatched to the ranch Saturday afternoon in response to a report of two dead dogs being found dumped on private property in a nearby creek, according to the release. “A preliminary investigation revealed that the dogs, both adults, weighing over 60 pounds, were shot and dumped at the site by unknown perpetrators.

“One dog was a shorthaired canine with tan patches and one was brown with longer, thick hair. The dogs had been dumped at the site recently and one dog was stuffed in a dog food bag.

“Shortly after investigating the death and illegal dumping of the two dogs, the Deputy responded back to the same property in response to a report of a third dog found dead in the same area.

“All dogs appeared to be mixed hunting-type dogs in pedigree and one appeared to resemble a blood hound.”

The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit assisted with the investigation by dispatching the Department’s Forensic Technician to gather evidence in the case, according to the release.