Dead animals in SB alley were shot to death

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- South Bend police say a gun was likely used to kill a majority of the 21 dead animals found in an alley about two weeks ago.

“So it was a disturbing case and it’s become more disturbing,” said SBPD Capt. Phil Trent. “At least a majority of them had been killed by projectiles such as a BB or pellet gun.”

Some of the corpses were sent to scientists at Purdue University who conducted a necropsy.

The 21 dead animals, including at least one family cat that had gone missing, were discovered March 23rd in an alley behind the 700 block of E. Indiana Avenue.

The determination of the cause of death means that the animals in question did not die by accident but were rather deliberately and inhumanely killed.

“There has been an individual that we've been keying on and there have been a couple of search warrants that have been performed thus far in the case, so you know there's slow measured progress being made in the case but we really could use an individual to come forward and sort of give us the entire scenario from start to finish” said Capt. Trent.

Police want to hear from someone who may have witnessed one of the shootings or a good deal of suspicious behavior on the suspect’s part.

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