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Police: Decapitated dog case was accident, not abuse

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After a week of investigating what appeared to be an act of animal cruelty, Hamilton Police have determined the case of two decapitated dogs was actually an accident.

Police opened an investigation last week after photos of the deceased dogs lying on train tracks started circulating online.

Through the investigation, detectives located a train engineer who admitted to hitting the dogs, police announced on Monday.

The engineer told detectives the dogs were playing on the tracks when his train approached.

“The engineer said that he sounded the whistle, but the dogs did not move and continued to jostle and play on the tracks.  The engineer stated that the train struck the dogs, causing their death,” said a release from Hamilton Police.

He said the dogs did not appear to be injured or ill before the accident. Detectives and the dog warden did not find any injuries on the dogs that appeared to be inconsistent with the engineer’s story.

“Detectives are confident that although amazing as it may seem, the information they have obtained is accurate,” said police.

Disturbing images of the dogs were posted to Facebook last week. The poster said the dogs had been left on the tracks near Urban and G streets. 

The case on animal cruelty is officially closed, but officials will be exploring any potential charges for failure to maintain control of the dogs.

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