SABINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) – The Sabine County sheriff's department continues their investigation into the slaying of four hunting dogs last Saturday night.
We want to warn you, some of the details of this story are gruesome.
"There's a type of person that would cut a fence and then there is a completely different caliber of person that could do this," said avid hunter and dog owner Tom Cryer.
Cryer says four of his hunting dogs were not just killed, but mutilated. His 17-year-old son, Levi found the dogs Sunday morning.
"He called me very upset just, they killed my dogs daddy."
It's difficult for Cryer to describe what he saw, calling it a "gruesome mess."
"They actually cut the dogs' throat. One dog, he was pretty grouchy and you just didn't walk up to him. They stabbed him four or five times," detailed Cryer.
Another dog was pulled by his back legs, around a tree.
"It was just awful," he said.
Two of the hunting dogs were puppies. Cryer says his son took pride in taking care of them. It's a passion they share together.
"It hurts but it also stirs up a fire," said Cryer, who says he has no idea who slaughtered his dogs, but says that person did leave evidence behind. Exactly what, he wouldn't elaborate.
Whoever did kill the animals went to a lot of trouble to do so, cutting through 1700 feet of barbed wire fencing.
Cryer believes it was simply out of meanness as the suspects didn't even enter the property through the fenced area.
The shock hasn't worn off. Now, the news is spreading through the community.
"Different people are just calling and saying hey, I want to give you a puppy, I want to give you a dog."
Five new hunting dogs, will now call the Cryer's property home.
"The biggest thing is all the time and effort that's spent training these dogs," explained Cryer.
They'll never forget what happened, but this Sabine County family says these dogs are an important part in moving forward.
Cryer said he discovered the slain animals Sunday and called the Sabine County sheriff's department. Sheriff Maddox said there was no sign that the slayers came near the house, which was about 200 yards away. The sheriff said they had some persons of interest, but so far no arrests.