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"This is despicable and very disturbing and we want to find out who did this," said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith about the discovery of two severed dog heads inside a South LA dumpster, reports the L.A. Times.
A resident called police after finding the remains around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday near the intersection of Slauson and S. Vermont avenue.
The animals were identified as a chocolate Labrador retriever and a tan German shepherd mix. The canines were beheaded with what investigators believe was "a very sharp object."
LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force and the LA Department of Animal Services are investigating the killing. Authorities said it was unclear if the dogs were from the area or if their remains were just discarded there.
"If they could do this to defenseless animals, who knows what they are capable of," Smith stated.
Police are offering a $5,000 reward and asking for the public's help to figure out what happened to the dogs, KTLA reports.