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Dead animals near tracks possibly a crime

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BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Disturbing new details are revealing more about a possible animal cruelty situation in Butler County.

FOX19 NOW first told you about dead animals that were mysteriously discovered on railroad tracks in Middletown in July.

Officials are being cautious about what they are revealing at this point since it is an open investigation, but they have indicated that they're looking at the situation as a crime.

In July, neighbors and animal rescuers reported that animal bones and decaying carcasses were discovered along railroad tracks near Vannest Avenue in Middletown.

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Since then, neighbors have reported seeing more and more skeletons showing up there. One woman even said that she spotted a dead dog that was seemingly tied to the tracks earlier this week.

"It's frightening that they're just killing these people's pets over and over," Robin Rook with Joseph's Legacy rescue said.

From cats to canines, the majority of the remains scattered along the tracks are concentrated to a certain stretch of land.

"It's evil. It's just evil," Rook said.

That, combined with new leads and fresh tips, is enough to lead investigators to believe that what's happening is no coincidence, and in fact, appears to be a crime.

"My fear is that whether it be dog fighting that's in the area or someone having a good time and killing animals and taking them out here," Meg Melampy with Joseph's Legacy said.

Local rescuers are helping authorities keep an eye out by working with people who live in the surrounding suburbs to monitor what goes on around the tracks.

"You will be caught," Melampy said.

While officials are keeping quiet about the latest clues in the case, animal advocates like Melampy are staying vocal and are reminding pet owners in the community "to not let your dogs and cats be outside to be the next victims."

Some neighbors have also mentioned seeing dead deer along the tracks that appeared to be cut apart.

Rescuers are hoping that whoever is responsible is caught, charged and sent to jail.

Anyone with information is asked to come forward and report it to the Butler County Dog Warden.

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