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Remains of starved, abused dogs found near Pinnacle Hill
Rochester, N.Y. -- An animal rescue organization wants to know who starved, abused and dumped two young female pit bulls in the area of Pinnacle Hill.
"Dogs shouldn't have to die like this," said Lindsay Bachl of Pitty Love Rescue.
Animal welfare investigators said the case may date back to October, when they received a tip about the animals but would not find them at the location given.
"It was just up over the hill," said Rajeena Bolivar, pointing to the location near the top of a small hill where Field Street meets Clinton Avenue. Bolviar and her dog Deja find solace in their daily walks here. That changed with the melting snow Monday, and the discovery of the remains of the two dogs buried under branches.
"I saw the spine and the way they were so emaciated," she said, adding the dogs were laying there in an "unnatural way." "One dog was on top of the other; his spine was twisted. His ears were chopped off and his nose was gone."
Pitty Love took photos of the dogs then took their remains to a vet.
"The condition of the dogs was absolutely deplorable and that condition doesn't happen post-mortem," said Bachl. "It leads us to believe they were deceased prior to being put here."
The dogs have apparently been buried in snow, cold temperatures helping to preserve clues about their short, sad lives and brutal deaths. One of the dogs is gray, the other brindle. Pitty love has named them Cherokee and Amara, showing them more love in their death than they clearly had in life.
"There are organizations to help dogs," said Bachl. "If you need food, you just have to reach out."
Deja, the dog who made the discovery, is one of those rescue dogs, also part pit bull. For Bolivar, the contrast is clear and heartbreaking.
"These dogs were kept somewhere and they were starved and they were abused," she said. "They need a voice. We need to be a voice for these animals."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Humane Society.