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Nursing Dog Shot, Left Inside Cage Dead

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File photo of dogs in cages. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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SPRINGTOWN, Texas (AP) — A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for clues leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot a nursing dog and left her body in a cage by a North Texas roadside, along with her 10 puppies.

The grim find was made Wednesday morning in Springtown, a town 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler says a school bus driver found the cage containing the body of the 3-year-old, red shepherd mix and her hungry, blood-caked puppies. The mother had been shot in the head.

The puppies are being cared for by the Angels & Outlaws 2nd Chance Bully Ranch in Hico. The Humane Society of the United States is offering the reward to find the killer.

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