Updated: 12/09/2013 12:03 PM
Created: 12/08/2013 8:32 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Puppies were brutally killed in Amery, Wis., Saturday afternoon, and now a grief-stricken family and deputies want to know why.
Deputies said they aren't sure how it happened. A total of four puppies were killed. "My mom was standing right here on the sidewalk covering her mouth, crying, and said there's a puppy dead on the sidewalk," explained 15-year-old Kenedi Wrezzes.
Wrezzes and her mom found the other three puppies inside their garage. Kenedi has raced sled dogs for the last nine years, even though she's just a sophomore in high school.
"We started flipping the puppies over and looking at them," she said. "There was no claw marks or anything, it was just, they were smashed."
Deputies say they aren't sure how it happened. They say it appears someone snuck into the garage and killed the puppies, three Alaskan huskies and one Chow Chow, and then left. Also, they say nothing is missing from the property, and family members were home at the time.
"I don't know how somebody could do something like that," she said. "They're six-week-old little, innocent puppies."
Deputies say they have no suspects at this time.
If you have any information about what happened, you're asked to please call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 715-485-8300.
KSTP looked into Wisconsin state law on violence against dogs and found that killing a dog is not against the law if the person is threatened and other attempts to restrain the dog failed.
However, intentional cruelty to an animal that results in mutilation, disfigurement or death could be subject to felony charges that carry up to a $10,000 fine and three and a half years in prison.