BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) - A Bastrop County woman is pleading for whomever stole her dog and dumped his body under a bridge to turn themselves in.
Ellie Farmer's Great Pyrenees livestock dog Chazak disappeared April 18 from the family's property in the Red Rock, Texas, area. She put up flyers and posted an ad on Craigslist.
Five weeks later, a caller told her he had seen the remains of several dogs under the bridge on Watterson Road near County Road 304, just five miles from her home.
"I'll have plenty of time to turn into a puddle of tears later. We're just so focused on seeking justice in this case," Farmer told KXAN.
She said she identified Chazak's remains from his black collar. KXAN observed the remains of a mid-sized animal laying on the edge of the underbrush, a bridle-type collar still on its head. The decaying form was surrounded by what appeared to be white fur.
It's a deepening mystery that staff at the Bastrop Animal Shelter call "a very sad mess" because it may involve other missing pets in the area.
A visit to the site also revealed a number of large bones scattered under an easily accessible section under the two-lane bridge.
"Right now our goal is just to stop this because this is somebody who has done this repeatedly," Farmer said.
She said she has spoken with neighbors who also reported missing dogs and goats from their properties this spring.
In an email, Bastrop Animal Shelter staff told Farmer they took photos and wrote a report for County Animal Control to investigate.
Farmer says she's waiting on an update from investigators. Meanwhile, she is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the person responsible.
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