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Two black labs found shot to death, other animal remains found in wildlife area near St. Cloud

ST. ROSA, Minn.  -- Two adult black Labradors were found shot to death in a wildlife management area in Stearns County in east-central Minnesota over the weekend.

After an investigation by the county sheriff’s department, the skeletal remains of two other dogs and a cat were also found in the same area near the town of St. Rosa or about 30 miles northwest of St. Cloud near the Todd County line.

The sheriff’s department received the call about the Labs on Saturday when they were found in a ditch in the Lovell Lake Wildlife Protection Area.

The hunter said he had been in the area about noon that day and didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary, but when he returned later in the day looking for a hunting spot he saw a wide trail off the road.

In taking a closer look, he saw the dogs, said the sheriff’s department.

The male dog appeared to be older, all black with a white patch on his chest. The female was a fully grown adult with an all-black coat. Neither dog had a collar but both appeared to have been well fed, said the sheriff’s report.

The sheriff’s department believes the dogs were left there between noon and 2 p.m. The dogs were transported to The University of Minnesota for necropsy to assist in the investigation.

No tips or suspects had been identified as of late Tuesday, said Chief Deputy Jon Lentz.

If anyone can claim the dogs, identify the owners or have any information related to this case, they are asked to call the Stearns County Sheriff's Office at 320-251-4240.