A gruesome scene in North East by Eaton Reservoir. Police found three pit bulls shot dead and floating in the water.

Now, they are asking for the publics help to try and find who did this.

The way the dogs were killed, shot and left for dead, is leading authorities to believe they were part of an illegal dog fighting ring.

On Wenesday night, Pennsylvania State Police were called to the Eaton Reservoir by the New York state line after a fisherman found three dead dogs in the water.

Folks that live by the reservoir are shocked this happened right in their back yard.

“I would wish that, in some way, the people that are doing this will be found out and that callous kind of behavior is ended,” said Elizabeth Way, a resident of North East.

According to the ANNA Shelter’s humane police officers, the dogs were shot multiple times, including in the muzzle area. The dogs had scars and wounds, which is typical of dogs that recently fought. They believe this happened sometime between Tuesday night and early Wednesday.

After finding the three dead dogs, they say there is even the possibility that there could be more.

“We did have a dog fighting case in Erie a few years ago, but it’s not something that is typical for this area. Being so close to the state line may have something to do with New York state but it’s not very common around here,” said Eric Duckett, Humane Police Officer at the ANNA Shelter.

The ANNA Shelter will be filing charges if they can find some good leads, including dog fighting and animal cruelty.

“It could open up a number of charges because, typically, animal cruelty is an organized crime that has other drugs and weapons involved. It could really open up a can of worms,” Duckett said.

Officer Duckett says the next step is trying to find out who are the dogs owners. A veterinarian will be examining the dogs on Thursday.

The ANNA Shelter is conducting the investigation with help from the Pennsylvania State Police.

If you have information about who owned the dogs, you are asked to contact the ANNA Shelter. You can reach out to the shelter at (814) 451-0230.

To reach Humane Police Officer Eric Duckett, you’re asked to call (814) 572-5913.

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