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11 Dead Animals Found Skinned Were Foxes, Not Puppies

11 small animals found dead near a Lower Macungie park on Friday have been identified as foxes, not dogs.

Eleven small animals found dead and skinned near Lower Macungie's Quarry Park Friday have been tentatively identified as foxes because of their teeth, according to Christine Wiggins of the Lehigh County Humane Society.

Further testing is needed to be sure, Bruce Fritch of the humane society told The Morning Call.

A press release from state police originally indicated the animals were puppies, sparking outrage among local animal lovers.

An Upper Macungie woman who was walking her dogs on Friday afternoon near the park made the gruesome discovery and called state police. She did not want to disclose exactly what she saw for fear of jeopardizing the investigation.

The woman told Patch, "It's very upsetting. And I worry what kind of person would do something like that. And what are they capable of doing to anybody?"

The animals looked to be about 6 months old when Wiggins saw them on Sunday, she told Patch. They should have been disposed of properly, not left in a park where a child could see them, she said.

Wiggins said she didn't know if this case and the similar case of a skinned animal -- possibly a dog -- last week in Lynn Township are related. That animal, she said, was professionally skinned and its feet were cut off -- which is a sign of a professional's work. Wiggins said the animal was not "cooked," as reported by local media. It showed signs of exposure to sun and the elements.

The animal in Lynn Township was found about 20 miles from the Lower Macungie park where the foxes were found.

The feet were not cut off the animals found in Lower Macungie, Wiggins said.

State Police at Fogelsville still has a criminal case open on the incident, but said the Lehigh County Humane Society is now the lead investigator for both the Quarry Park and Lynn Township incidents.

Anyone with information about the foxes is urged to call Wiggins at the Humane Society at 610-797-1205 ext. 2.

Kaos8 November 29, 2012 at 04:48 AM
By the way, here is one of the laws regarding the killing of wildlife in PA. PA - Furtaking - Subchapter D. Furtaking Regulations 34 Pa.C.S.A. § 2361 - 2364 These Pennsylvania statutes make it unlawful to take, kill, wound, capture or possess any furbearers except during open season and without a permit. It is also illegal to set traps closer than five feet from a den, use a pole trap, deadfall, poison, explosive, chemical, leg-hold trap with teeth on the jaws, to smoke out or dig out any den, to set or place a cage or box trap in the water, or use any trap unless tended every 36 hours and all animals are released or removed. A violation relating to bobcat or otter is a summary offense of the fourth degree; other violations are a summary offense of the fifth degree. Many more animal laws can be found at: www.animallaw.info ; www.agriculture.state.pa.us ; and www.Animal-Law.lawyers.com - these are some great websites to actually find the laws on domestic and wilflife animals, instead of just speculating.
Fae Danner November 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM
Kaos8: Two excellent comments! Opinions are certainly what blogging is about but you were the smartest of us all -- you actually provided valid information, with a site to further explore. What a refreshing approach!
Carl Stevenson November 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM
I agree with you completely. If someone dumped the fox carcasses illegally, they should be punished as the law specifies. If they were appropriately disposed of and some animal dug them up and dragged them there, the trapper has been wrongly vilified.
Mark Jamison November 29, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Yes, you can shoot an animal in a humane manner resulting in little or no suffering. Conversely, you can not catch an animal by it's foot in a trap, have it languish there for up to 36 hours and not create an incredible amount off suffering pure and simple. This isn't about taking your guns away or hugging those awful trees or even being a vegan. It's about recognizing that trapping is an outdated, indefensible and unnecessary practice that should be abolished. As for the "conservation" issue I would suggest that very few participants in this activity give a rat's ass about population control or any other convenient justifications and would walk away from the practice if the money wasn't there.
tamarya December 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Who taught you what PETA stand for? PETA stands for "people for the ethical treatment of animals". I do agree some of the hunting arguments people come up with are stupid, especially when they think they are doing much better buying their meat at a grocery store and buying meat that comes from factories after it has been pumped with growth hormones, overcrowded, and poisoned till death. And the vegans, won't even go there with them, they will basically tell you that you hae all animals, even pets, if you eat meat because you support factory conditions, yet they by their dogs and cats factory made pet food.

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