2 missing Iowa dogs found dead with gunshot wounds to head

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case of two dogs that were found dead in rural Cumberland on Tuesday. They were found dead near a bridge on 660th Street near Tucson Road, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities say the dogs’ back legs were tied and they were shot in the head. Bella, a pit bull not even 2 years old and Pepper, a 3-year-old black lab, has been missing since July 27. “Bella loved to cuddle – that was her biggest thing,” owner Logan Lank said. “Pepper was really good. Obedient. Kind of like Bella’s sister.” Lank and his girlfriend made a grave for Bella and Pepper. “All we had were these bricks, and for now we tried to carve their names,” Lank said. They’re desperate to find out what happened to their dogs after they went missing.” The community was a big help. Everyone was looking for them. We had people from all over looking for them,” Lank said. What began as a hopeful search ended in pain Tuesday. “They were found with their legs tied, shot in the back of the head, thrown over the bridge,” Lank said. The bridge was only two miles from Logan’s home. “You don’t just dump a dog like that without the law getting involved,” Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren said. McLaren says anyone who did this could be charged with animal cruelty. Based on photos, he believes Bella and Pepper were killed around July 27th. “At this time, we believe this to be a random act. I don’t think anybody goes around shooting stray dogs,” McLaren said. Lank wants to know who did this to get justice for his dogs. “I just want them to know how inhuman and barbaric they are. But I figured they should know by now that they’re doing something like this,” Lank said. What gives Lank a sense of peace after losing his dogs is knowing that they were together until the end. “It really brings peace to my heart that they weren’t separated. Either way it’s going to be tough,” Lank Logan says the community has put up reward money for any information leading to an arrest. The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 712-243-2206.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case of two dogs that were found dead in rural Cumberland on Tuesday.

They were found dead near a bridge on 660th Street, near Tucson Road, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities say the dogs’ back legs were tied and they were shot in the head.

Bella, a not-yet-2-year-old Pitbull, and Pepper, a 3-year-old black lab, have been missing since July 27.

“Bella loved to cuddle – that was her biggest thing,” owner Logan Lank said. “Pepper was really good. Obedient. Kind of like Bella’s sister.”

Lank and his girlfriend have made a grave for Bella and Pepper.

“All we had were these bricks, and for now we tried to carve their names,” Lank said.

They are desperate to find out what happened to their dogs after they went missing.

“The community has been a big help. Everyone was looking for you. We had people from all over looking for them,” Lank said.

What began as a hopeful search ended in pain on Tuesday.

“They were found with their legs tied, shot in the back of the head, thrown over the bridge,” Lank said.

The bridge was only two miles from Logan’s home.

“You can’t just dump a dog like that without the law getting involved,” Cass County Sheriff Darby McLaren said.

McLaren says whoever did this could be charged with animal cruelty. He believes, based on photos, that Bella and Pepper were killed around July 27th.

“Right now we think it’s a random act. I don’t think anybody is going around shooting stray dogs,” McLaren said.

Lank wants to know who did this to get justice for his dogs.

“I just want them to know how inhumane and barbaric they are. But I figured they should know by now that they’re doing something like this,” Lank said.

What gives Lank a sense of peace after losing his dogs is knowing they were together until the end.

“It really brings peace to my heart that they weren’t separated. Either way, it’s going to be tough,” Lank said.

Logan says the community has put up reward money for any information leading to an arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 712-243-2206.

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