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Sheriff's Office investigating report of animal abuse in El Paso County

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 07:10:19-05

EL PASO COUNTY — The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of animal abuse in the eastern part of the county.

According to the Sheriff's Office, dispatch received a call Friday morning indicating that puppies were thrown from a moving vehicle on Highway 24, near Soap Weed Rd. News5 spoke with Morgan Dillingham and Garrett Ross about their experience, and how they believe a new federal law should be applied if a suspect is caught.

Deputies responded and began searching the area. This was during a period of dense fog and road conditions. Due to the conditions, at least one of the puppies was accidentally hit by a passing car, the Sheriff's Office said.

During the initial investigation, a witness provided a vehicle description of a white SUV. The Sheriff's Office said it is believed that vehicle may have been non-criminally involved.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing with several leads, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Anyone who was in the area around 8:15 a.m. Friday morning or has information on this incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (719) 520-6666.

No further information has been released at this time.