GALLATIN COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Neighbors in Gallatin County fear a serial dog-napper may be targeting the area.
Seven dogs have gone missing in the past few weeks, according to resident DeRhonda Lowe. Lowe's Great Pyrenees and Beagle vanished from her farm two weeks ago.
"I really didn't think much about them being stolen. I just thought they had wandered off," said Lowe. "We've searched every inch of our farm. We're in such a rural area, my first thought was coyotes."
When Lowe started a Facebook page to get the word out about her lost pups, Neighbors started commenting that their dogs had also gone missing.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office said the missing cases likely expand beyond Gallatin County. In a Facebook post on Friday, the sheriff's office said more than a dozen dogs in the northern Kentucky area have been reported missing. They suspect a dog fighting operation could have something to do with the missing animals.
Lowe said she never saw any evidence a coyote could have attacked her 130-pound dog. She's also searched her property and along roads and interstates.
A Facebook page has been set up to list the missing dogs and communicate about developments in the case.