Churchill County officials say a total of 11 dogs have been found killed and dumped in the desert west of Fallon in the past month.
The latest discovery included seven dogs found in ditch off of Casey Road late last week. On February 9 another 4 dogs were found off Powerline Road a short distance to the south.
All of the dogs had been shot in the head at close range with a small calibre weapon.
The killings have angered local residents and puzzled local authorities who say they have no witnesses and have received no reports of missing dogs.
The dogs range from an older Golden Retriever and a black Chow to two long haired dachshunds, a Jack Russell Terrier and a Pomeranian.
All were described as apparently well cared for, their coats untangled, apparently well fed.
Why they might have been killed is a mystery. Sheriff Ben Trotter says someone killing an animal they don't own is a felony. It's unclear if an owner could be charged with any crime for killing his own dogs, but it would still be unnecessary and cruel.
Trotter and a local spokeswoman for the Churchill Animal Welfare Society noted there are shelters as well as rescue groups for most breeds.
Trotter says his department is investigating, but without a witness or any other lead, it will be difficult.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Churchill County Sheriff's office or Secret Witness at 322-4900.
You'll find a list of all the dogs found on this website under Hot Topics.