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Beheading of two dogs 'despicable,' LAPD official says

March 22, 2012 |  7:54 am

 A Los Angeles Police Department official described the killing of two dogs whose severed heads were found in a South Los Angeles dumpster as "despicable."

"This is despicable and very disturbing and we want to find out who did this," said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. "If they could do this to defenseless animals, who knows what they are capable of."

A resident found the remains of a chocolate Labrador retriever and tan German shepherd mix about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Slauson and South Vermont avenues and called police.

It was not clear if the dogs were from the area or their remains were discarded there, authorities say.

The heads of the canines appeared to have been severed with what investigators believed was "a very sharp object," said Smith

The case is being investigated by the LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force with help from the city's Department of Animal Services.

Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD's 24-hour crime hotline at 877-LAPD-247.


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