HAMMOND, La. -- Dead dogs are mysteriously turning up on roadways in one Tangipahoa Parish community.
People in the area say it has been happening for months. Now animal welfare advocates worry it is likely a sign of something more sinister.
"If they're throwing dogs out here, they ain't from around here. I'm going to be straight with you," said Craig Gerome Singleton.
Not far from the Hammond resident's front door, dead dogs are being dumped by someone. Singleton loves his three pets and believes whoever is responsible can't be a neighbor.
"Bringing these dogs, killing them and throwing them on these boys out here," said Singleton.
A concerned citizen who contacted the Humane Society documented what she said were three plastic bags stuffed with dogs thrown on the side of Durbin Road. She said it's been happening for at least six months.
Eyewitness News went to investigate on Tuesday. A resident stopped our news crew and drove us to two other locations where two other dog carcasses were spotted.
The resident tells WWL-TV it's not uncommon to spot dog skulls and bones in the same area.
"St. Helena [Parish] has similar reports. We just worked with the chief of police in Tallulah. They just arrested two people with their marked-up dogs. It's spring and summer, and that means more dog fighting," said Louisiana Humane Society Executive Director Jeff Dorsen.
He said he is aware of the Tangipahoa Parish case, which will be investigated. The dogs being dumped could be "bait dogs" --- used for practice and then killed.
"They unfortunately take a dog off the street and throw it in the ring with an experienced fighting dog," said Dorsen. "Sometimes they'll really take advantage, make it disproportionate, tape up the mouth of the poor dog and extract its teeth, so a championship dog can have some practice rounds."
While the signs of criminal activity sit decaying on roadways for all to see, Singleton said that's no way to treat an animal --- just ask any of his neighbors.
"These dogs are fat, there no scars on any of these dogs out here. They don't do that out here. These boys are cowboys," said Singleton.
State law says dog fighting is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $25,000.
If you can help solve this Hammond case, please call the Louisiana Anti-Dog Fighting Task Force at 1-888-6-HUMANE.