Three months after a horrific "dog massacre" in rural northern Arkansas, one of the six dogs that survived the ordeal is looking for a forever home. The other five survivors face a long rehabilitation process that could take years, the Searcy County Humane Society said.
In December 2015, two people from a lumber mill in Searcy County, Arkansas, made a gruesome discovery in the woods. Nearly 60 dogs were found shot dead on timber land. Authorities said the dogs were fed hot dogs laced with sleeping pills before being shot.
The "dog massacre" hit national news, but so far no arrests have been made despite law enforcement's ongoing investigation. The mass-scale animal cruelty case has attracted support from animal welfare groups and there is an $8000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
Authorities found 6 dogs alive amongst the mass graveyard and managed to catch the dogs and bring them to the shelter for care.
One of the surviving dogs named Kinkaid seemed much better than the others. He was friendly and actually jumped into a rescuer's truck when they came to rescue the surviving dogs. "He said, 'I've had enough of this,'" said shelter manager John Magruder. "Who could hurt him? Why would you hurt him?"
Kinkaid is the dog up for adoption. He's approximately 7 to 8 years old.
The other five dogs - Rasputen, Sheila, Susie, Twiggy and Dini (short for Houdini)- weren't caught as easily as they are frightened of people. They have also been cleared for adoption but have a much longer road ahead of them before they are ready for furever homes.
One of the dogs is recovering from a bullet wound and all are traumatized from the incident. They are also, by all accounts, feral.
"They're used to being around other dogs, but not humans, except for food," shelter manager Colly Magruder said. The dogs will all need special care and learn to trust people. John Magruder told the Baxter Bulletin that formerly feral dogs do have one positive thing going for them - they tend to be intensely loyal once they accept humans.
While Kincaid is looking for a home, the shelter said they would be happy to have local volunteers come and sit and spend time with the other dogs to help them in their re-education and to familiarize them with people.
To find out more about the adoptable dogs at Searcy County Humane Society, visit their website.
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