BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators in Larimer County want to find the person responsible for a disturbing case of animal cruelty.

Two dogs were found mutilated outside of Berthoud last week.

The dogs were discovered just a few miles apart. They were so badly abused that veterinarians can’t even tell what breed they were.

The first discovery came after an anonymous call on Wednesday. Police found the dog on the side of County Road 4. Police said the dog was skinned and beheaded, and the tail also removed.

Then on Saturday, a second gruesome discovery made along County Road 16 – an almost identical case.

Right now investigators said they have no leads and they said they are not sure if the cases are linked to the dozens of reported missing pets that have come in over the past few days.

“We just get so many animals that come into Larimer Humane Society that are stray every year and at this point we don’t even know the specific breed of the animals,” said Humane Society spokeswoman Marcie Willms.

Authorities say the perpetrators could face felony charges.

Investigators said they are performing necropsies on the two dogs to determine if they were killed by human hands.

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Comments (104)
  1. Ted says:

    Maybe the same woman who gave the guy who stabbed Diamond a free pass can give him one too

    1. lindak says:

      Put this POS away before he works his way to humans..

      1. Hawkdriver1961 says:

        My thoughts exactly! “People” who do this to animals are usually only warming up for the big kills…Humans. Find this sicko and put him/her away for a long, long time…

      2. Paul says:

        Maybe this person already has done this to humans. Serial killers often start this way.

      3. Carl David Black says:

        It sounds like Satanic ritual abuse or something similar.

      4. Annamaria McCoy says:

        No, I’ve worked satanic cases before, they are only interested in the blood and the organs.

      5. Bubba says:

        could be suicide

      6. RockyMtnGal says:

        Sounds similar Jeffrey Dahmer, who put a dead dog’s head on a stick, and being obsessed with dead animals. Said he liked to hear the clicking of the bones in a bucket This is how it starts, then they progress to humans.

    2. changomango says:

      Those darn Korean restauranteurs are at it again!

  2. ask says:

    sisck sick SOB’s out there!

    1. Criiterhater says:

      Oh come on, their just worthless critters!

      1. bob says:

        well maybe who ever it is will pay you a visit and be the first human :O)

      2. bewbs says:

        i think his name is bob. creepy.

      3. Ruthie says:

        You need to realize this kind of heinous behavior usually indicates a budding psychopath. Lets hope they catch the guy before he starts torturing and skinning humans.

      4. obozosux says:

        Judging from your moniker and your comment, perhaps you are the monster who did this. If you’re not, your attitude depicts a troubled individual. Seek help before you act on your impulses.

      5. scottinva says:

        And by your inane comment, you’re lower than a “critter.”

    2. glashole says:

      In most of the world dogs are food. This is sad, if it were someones pet who truly cared, but loose dogs, and mean dogs get whaat they get. If you love your dog then keep it in your home, on a run or in a fenced yard, if it is loose, coyote bait or Aisian chow. See Darwin

      1. TheCapitolKing says:

        What’s the deal glashole, you’ve never known of someone whose dog got loose and ran away? Also, define a “Mean” dog? I’ve known aggressive dogs before, most of them naturally territorial, defensive, and sometimes offensively protective, but most who define a canine as “Mean” simply don’t know jack about canine behavior. No dog deserves this treatment, and hell, I don’t know a single wild animal that I would leave in that manner even if I hunted it down myself.

      2. MorganGray says:

        Notice the line which says “a vet could not even determine the breed”?
        1: These *might* be coyotes – as has been observed elsewhere.
        2: That said, if they *are* domestic dogs, then the psychopath who did this should be brought to justice.
        3: I find it ironic how people are all up in arms over a couple of dogs, when we just yawn, or roll our eyes at reports of how every year thousands of babies are ripped to pieces in their mother’s womb.

  3. jltules says:

    Anyone see Vick lately?

  4. Goonall says:

    Their just animals, leave the poor guy be!

    1. bob says:

      hope your the second one then :O)

    2. james says:

      Only a sick psychopath is capable of that s@@@. And they normally have no problem hurting humans also. Anyone thinking this is okay needs a mental health evaluation and put away from other for awhile.

      1. Jamie says:

        oh come on, it ain’t no worse than what they would do to us

  5. Zerkon says:

    Probably somebody who needs a fur coat. He should have sold the meat to a Chinese restaurant too. Two more dogs I won’t have to get ride of!

  6. I have fleas says:

    The dogs had fleas and I’m sure the poor guy needs a fur coat!

  7. betonme says:

    Just animals? They are living creatures, Goonall. Those poor dogs could feel pain and fear. You need to leave the 3rd world country you came from behind and try to develop yourself into a human being.

  8. Cb1 Receptor says:

    Coyote hunters…

    1. Bewbs says:

      agreed. probably just coyotes

    2. Occam's Razor says:

      These are coyotes. Someone just got lazy about getting rid of the waste after they skinned them.

    3. gus says:

      Yup, really dumb reporting and police work.

  9. Maud St James says:

    When they find that abysmal sicko, I hope they do to him exactly what he did to those poor animals. He can’t suffer enough for what he did.

    1. obozosux says:

      My sentiments exactly!

  10. Alex says:

    Maybe the dogs were humanely euthanized before the mutilation.

  11. george says:

    Funny, most of you people don’t know a TROLL when you see one!!!

    But better catch this creep, people will likely be next.

  12. Gibbs Bentley says:

    George Carlin knew how to deal with people like this …

    “OK something a little more sophisticated, you dip a guy in brown gravy and lock him in a small room with a wolverine who’s high on angel dust.”

  13. Nomad says:

    It’s common knowledge that pigs are as smart or smarter than dogs, yet I see plenty of pork at the supermarket. I never see people horrified at the meat counter. Why does this even make the news? Without knowing how the dogs were killed, or even the breed, how is this animal cruelty? Most likely, they were coyotes and the trapper caped them out. Slow news day in Denver…

  14. Yup says:

    Colorado. Figures.

    1. Mike says:

      I guarantee Colorado is a better state than where you are from. Please do tell where it is that you reside. Maybe broke, and over rated California, or is it some red neck/hillbilly state in the south.

      Where ever it is, I would put my money on Colorado any day.

      1. Yup says:

        Colorado is Kali East. Failure. You morons don’t have a clue as to your identity! You dunces in Denver are the most immoral roaches East of Kali and west of the Mississippi!

        Mental illness abounds in you wanna-be Kalis! So stick it….

  15. Yikes says:

    Got to love Denver CBS quality reporting that an investigation will be done to determine if these animals were done in by humans or not.

    I’m sure PETA will require a few roadside memorials for the poor animals.

    IN all seriousness however, this kind of behavior usually is a prelude to escalating acts of sickness. It’s going to be hard to find the perp or perps, though.

  16. James says:

    Who cares, just some stupid dogs!

    1. Baldy Kirby from Atlanta says:

      Maybe we’ll find you skinned on the side of the road one day, and we can say, “Who cares, just some stupid James!”.

  17. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    Clearly this was the result of global warming. These poor dogs were so hot they tore their own skin off to stay cool. Only very high taxes can save the animals from extinction.

    1. Not yours says:

      Clever guy, you should run for president~!

  18. Bob says:

    Dog the other white meat!

  19. Bob says:

    Dog hide makes a good coat!

  20. Alex says:

    Oh those poor fleas!

  21. Hugh S says:

    Are they sure that they are not coyotes that were being skinned for the pelt? Maybe not a better situation, but not exactly the same situation.

  22. Dave says:

    Punishment identical to the crime for the perps.

  23. pete says:

    Wow. police tape off the crime scene, bring in csi to gather evidence (prints, hair, dna, etc.). Start massive investigation. Somebody slaughtered 2 dogs! OMG! Call the National freaking Guard! (What an “effed” up culture. can’t be long now. couple of freaking dogs. who gives a mouse’s behind?)

    1. Rufusthedog says:

      Why do I have a feeling you wouldn’t be missed?

    2. Summer McDowell says:

      a society should be judged by how well they treat their animals. shame.

  24. Dawn says:

    Muslims hate dogs check with the local mosque

  25. JC says:

    Perhaps someone is desperate for meat and these just went bad….

  26. Herman Vogel says:

    sounds like sock value and not mutilation. I’ed check with the local kids this sounds like a sick stunt to get media. I saw something like this in Texas and the kids just laughed about it when caught because the dogs were strays and were killed before the were skinned.

  27. scotty says:

    Most likely coyotes that were trapped by a trapper and skinned. Then he just didn’t dispose of the carcases properly. People jump to conclusions. A skinned coyote looks just like a dog because a live coyote looks like a dog. DUH !

    1. Annamaria McCoy says:

      Well, actually not: their paws are totally different than those of a dog!
      It’s a very sick thing to do, and against the law, no matter which way one looks at it!

    2. Mike says:

      Well, since this a rural area, I hardly doubt there is much trapping going on there.

  28. David A says:

    The only shocking thing to me (since this happened in an obama voting state) is that the dogs weren’t raped first.

  29. bs detector says:

    So where was Newt Gingrich?

  30. Gilbert R Albright Jr says:

    Probably left there by Koreans after dinner.

  31. Annamaria McCoy says:

    It is sad to read some of the totally uncaring, and disgusting comments made in here, probably by trolls with nothing better to do, trying to get attention. Well, you did get mine, and it’s a very bad attention: crime cases like these are nothing more than new serial killers in the making, I’ll bet you would feel different if one of them comes after your loved ones!
    The Saying “One doesn’t know what love is until he/she has loved a dog” Is a fact, and obviously you’re a bunch of people that know nothing about love, probably just wives/kids beaters and abusers!
    No one is obligated to love companion animals, and have any for the matter, so if you don’t care, just stay off the comment’s page, and go on with whatever is that interests you!
    If anyone in here think they will never suffer by a serial killers, think again, non of us is exempted from such possibility!

    1. Mariax says:

      Annamaria you said it all!!!i wish to those monsters who did that ,,to suffer in the same way those poor dogs did and another thing,,i hope all these people here who leave these stupid comments,,to start using their brain before speaking!!you must have a good soul in order to love an animal and i’m sure those people here don’t have it.and of course they are not obliged to love a dog but they should at least respect it!!!

      1. Annamaria McCoy says:

        There is no respect in this country for anything or anybody!

  32. philinnyc says:

    Yes, it sounds like a sicko; however, consider this: Colorado has had repeated animal mutilation cases for decades with no one arrested. Horses, cattle, and domestic pets (cats cut in half!) have all been victims. Ranchers have reported strange lights in the sky upon finding their livestock dead, and the sheer weirdness of it all boggles the human mind (but not the alien mind?) You don’t want to jump to conclusions, but hey, this did happen in Colorado.

  33. Joe Dutra says:

    Arrest them ornery coyotes. Slap ’em in pawcuffs.

  34. Robbie says:

    Colorado is becoming the new White Trash State, they are taking the title away from Florida

  35. Ron Staiger says:

    I hope they find the SOB responsible before he starts on people.

  36. Rocky says:

    Denver is a big sanctuary city like Los Angeles and is known as TJ of the Rocky’s.
    Hollywood Liberals + Racist LaRaza + Sanctuary City = crime.
    This combo has turned the Telluride area into a cesspool.
    I’ve decided to get rid of my Colorado property. I’ve had enough of Socialist/Communist Los Angeles. Why do I need it in the Rocky’s also.
    By the way, sanctuary city’s are illegal and racist and are a violation of the Constitution. They also put Law Enforcement and politicians of aiding and abetting and criminaly negligient. All parties are liable for the criminal actions of those they are protecting.
    Colorado has sent one of the biggest Racists to the Hill in Salazar !

    1. Kyle says:

      Denver is just a part of Mexico now. I wish we could nuke them.

      1. F. User says:

        Except this happened in Larimer County, near Ft. Collins. No where near Denver.

  37. bob says:

    Catch them and send them to jail. These antidog comments are from liberals that hate all things good so disregard them. Liberals want no religion,pets and cars.
    They want us all in Chairman Mao clothing singing songs to obama.

  38. Lisa Liberal says:

    Bush & Cheney for sure.

  39. JW says:

    These were probably coyotes, humanely killed, but improperly disposed of.

    Lot’s of poor reporting and knee jerk reactions here.

    How many of the hypocrites posting comments look the other way as millions of unborn children are slaughtered?

  40. Chas Stevenson says:

    “Animal Cruelty” ? No evidence was in the news report.
    We have efficient factories to do similar things to who knows how many chickens, pigs, & cattle every hour of every day. If killed quickly first, it’s not “cluelty” to afterward cut them into little pieces, or turn strips of their flesh into pretties to be slung from a shoulder. (The feedlots they lived in might be cruel, but that’s presumably not at issue with these dogs.)
    I’m not endorsing killing other people’s dogs, or skinning dead ones.
    Let’s just define the terms for Truth’s sake, for more productive reasoning.

  41. Maggie Silverworth says:

    People who abuse animals, psychopaths and hunters, not much difference in my opinion.

  42. Ling Ling says:

    Any Asian restaurants open nearby?

  43. Publius2010 says:

    Whoever finds this person, skinem an bleed em slowly!

  44. Joe says:

    I’m honestly confused. What exactly is the problem here? Animal Cruelty? Killing a dog is not cruelty. Killing a coyote is not cruelty. (I’m speaking legally here — I’m not interested in your sentimentality). There are lots of legitimate reasons to end the life of an animal. Dumping a dead carcus is not cruelty. Skinning a dead animal is not cruelty. Seems like a reporter and several commenters need to do some homework.

    1. Dave says:

      Hey nit-wit.. the dogs were tortured…. you say… “lots of legitimate reasons fo end the life of an animal”….. go pound salt up your …..

  45. Annamaria McCoy says:

    I tell you what the problem is: there are Laws that protect companion animals, dogs are among them! The way these dogs were mutilated, skinned and killed, perhaps not the exact order, it’s call Cruelty to Animals, in this case, it’s Aggravated Cruelty to Animals which it’s a felony charge, and not sentimentalism!.
    It’s a proven fact that cruelty cases such as these two, are the results of serial killers in the making. You and I, and any other people, are not exempt in encountering a serial killer. A killer is just that a killer who will kill whomever is a living, breathing being.
    Perhaps you might want to look up the laws, as in what constitutes cruelty to animals, mutilating, skinning a companion animals, and dispose of its carcass, and when a person is allowed to kill a companion animal.
    This is America Mr. Joe, and not an Asian country, we who live here must uphold and abide by its Laws!

  46. Diego Roswell says:

    Could be that we have a aspiring new serial killer here. Most madmen start off their homicidal careers with animal cruelty. Lets hope the police can find the criminal(s) before they evolve to human killers.

  47. Uncommon Tater says:

    There you go again, blaming everything on humans. Colorado is known for it’s extraterrestrial and paranormal activity, which explains why the govt.’s main base is there. This could be blamed on a something besides a human, like a skin walker.

  48. aLgORE says:

    Seriously?? authorities are trying to figure out if they were killed by human hands???? as opposed to what? aliens?

  49. Bazooka says:

    Blame George Bush

  50. Tom Henderson says:

    Disgusting pukes. Anyone who would torture an innocent animal deserves the same fate reserved for child molesters. Karma’s a “B”.

  51. Candace Gosselin says:

    makes me sick – cannot even read it – had seen it on facebook

  52. tom aman says:

    Check Sturgis later this year for people wearing doggy hats..

  53. jmeek says:

    George Bush did it.

  54. FOE says:

    It’s probably some taxidermist stuffing Fido for some grieving owner and leaving the rest of him out for the coyotes. Coyotes have to eat, too.

  55. Dave says:

    this kind of cruelty to a helpless animal brings out my dark side.. I’d like to have an hour alone with this sick SOB…

  56. glenp says:

    oh great another mass murderer on the loose

    but no better place than LIBERALVILLE out there

  57. SockRayBlue says:

    I’ll have to agree with the posters that mentioned that the “canids” were coyotes. For a taxidermy mount one needs the hide and head of the coyote. A necropsy is interesting, but rather a DNA test would be a good idea to find out if the said “victim” is truly a pet or a game animal.
    As an aside I have never read so much ado about something like this and the comments on this article….beyond belief.

  58. JohnPaul says:

    Look for packing plant employees or ex-employees morons, then can kill and skin an animal in seconds.

  59. MEC says:

    Skinned, head and tail missing=coyotes.

  60. Pappadave says:

    Were they Dalmatians???

  61. Candace Lee says:

    My one hope (and I am going to work on it) is that whoever does horrid things like this to defenseless animals ends up suffering even more than the suffering that they caused. I will not comment here again as I see there are MANY trolls at work trying to aggravate those of us who care about animals. I have said how I feel and that I am going to work my hardest to achieve what I hope for. BUT I will not “feed the trolls”.

  62. Michael Giuliani says:

    This is sick! If I see someone abusing an animal, in my presence that person is gonna get plenty of Plomo! (Lead) Animal abuser you have been warned!

  63. thebone says:

    Millions of innocent men, women, and children are bombed and machine gunned to bits all over the world, and people hyperventilate over an animal, thats whats disturbing, maybe if we did’nt lose our humanity things like this would’nt happen.

    1. Annamaria McCoy says:

      It is not about people hyperventilating over an animal, I’ll tell you what is disturbing: the Laws are not enforced, people’s laws, animal’s laws, all Laws; there is no respect for living beings, whomever they are; and there no compassion left! As St. Francis of Assisi once said:” IF YOU HAVE MEN WHO WILL EXCLUDE ANY OF GOD’S CREATURES FROM THE SHELTER OF COMPASSION AND PITY, YOU WILL HAVE MEN WHO DEAL LIKEWISE WITH THEIR FELLOW MEN”!

  64. walter12 says:

    This maniac is training on dogs and he will be doing people next. You can be sure of that.

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