Two black labradors have been found shot dead in a wildlife protection area in Stearns County, Minnesota.
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says that it was called to a ditch off Lovell Lake Road, in the Lovell Lake Wildlife Protection Area, where a male and a female lab had been "discarded" in the ditch, both with fatal gunshot wounds.
The caller told deputies he'd been through the area around noon Saturday and didn't notice anything unusual.
When he returned to the area later to look for a hunting spot, he found the dogs in a wide trail off the side of the road.
The male dog is older, black with a white patch on his chest. The female is a fully-grown adult with an all-black coat. Neither dog has a collar but both were well fed.
It's thought the dogs were left there between noon and 2 p.m.
The skeletal remains of two other dogs and a cat were also found in the same area.
The dogs will undergo a necropsy at the University of Minnesota. Anyone with information related to this case can call the Stearns County Sheriff's Office at 320-251-4240.