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String of unusual dog deaths investigated in Northern California

December 13, 2011 |  9:30 am

Two dogs have been found dead near train tacks in Northern California, bringing the total to nine since August.

In four of the cases, the dogs had been shot to death. And authorities said they suspect that the newest cases in Marysville, about 40 miles north of Sacramento, might also be criminal because of the way the dogs were positioned.

Multiple agencies are investigating the cases to determine if there is any connection among the dead dogs.

"We currently have the two dogs that were located in Marysville. We're trying to determine if those dogs had been shot or not," said Lt. Damon Gil of the Yuba County Sheriff's Department. "We certainly are looking into what may be connections to staging the dogs on the tracks, possibly after they'd been killed."

Sgt. Chris Sachs of the Marysville Police Department says Union Pacific is reviewing video and checking whether any trains traveled through the area in the 48 hours before the dogs were discovered.

The carcasses of the two latest dogs were X-rayed and the results came back negative for shrapnel and bullets, but investigators have not ruled out that their deaths were criminal in nature.

-- Bob Moffitt and Ian McDonald, Fox 40 News