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Authorities investigate death of dogs in Nathalie

Who and what killed three dogs in the Nathalie community earlier this week?

That’s the question Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark is asking as his office investigates the death of three dogs found near the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department early Wednesday morning. 

According to Clark, the bodies of the dogs were found around the five green trash collection boxes near the fire station.

Randy Fisher, who lives across the road from the fire department, told authorities he found his hound dog when he arrived home around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning after working third shift. 

After walking around the area, he found two other dead dogs, a beagle and a Blueheeler, Clark said.

“What in the world is going on?” Clark said Fisher asked authorities investigating the death of the three dogs.

Near where the dogs’ bodies were found, Fisher found a piece of meat.

“It looked like some sort of roast that had stuff poured on top of it. It was a crystallized liquid foreign substance that was waxy,” Clark said describing the meat.

Clark said he is unsure whether the dogs were poisoned, but the meat is being tested.

The investigating officer, Tyler Clark, contacted Chief Animal Control WardenTodd Moser transported the hound’s body to Central Virginia Agricultural Office in Lynchburg where a necropsy was scheduled to be performed to determine cause of death.

“We need to find out what killed the dogs,” Clark said.

He said it will take 10 days before results are returned from the necropsy detailing the cause of death.

In the meantime, Clark is asking anyone with information concerning what killed these three animals to contact the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office at 476-3339.