Law enforcement officials are investigating the discovery of nearly a dozen dead cats, some of which were badly decomposed, in crates at two Rockingham County locations Wednesday.
The first discovery was made around 5:30 a.m. along a dead-end road near a Town of Madison salt storage shed. Seven badly decomposed cats were found, along with six pet carriers and a plastic tote.
The second discovery was made around 11 a.m. near Highway 220 and Janet Road in Mayodan. Four dead cats were found at that site, along with nine animal crates.
All the crates were lined with newspaper and had several inches of rotting food and feces inside, law enforcement officials said.
Rockingham County deputies and Madison police are both involved in the investigation. Madison public works employees made the first discovery, while a Mayo River Ranger made the second.
If you have information that can help investigators, you’re asked to call Madison police at 336-548-6098 or Rockingham County Crime Stoppers at 336-349-9683.