Cullman County Animal Control is investigating the death of three dogs in a short time period and a concentrated area.

Animal Control director Rodney Banister said the dogs died near County Road 222, near Smith Lake Park.

Susan Graham, the owner of one of the dogs, is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and prosecution of whoever is responsible.

“She did that to bring awareness to the situation and to get any leads that she can possibly get to get to us,” said Banister. “It’s an ongoing investigation right now, and any leads can help.”

Graham’s dog was a mixed breed, and Banister said her neighbor’s two dogs were German shepherds. The owners of the German shepherds paid to have necropsies, which confirmed the dogs were poisoned.

Banister hasn’t said if there is a possibility the dogs got into something on accident. However, he said it was important for all dog owners to keep their dogs confined.

“As far as the community goes, if they keep their dogs confined, then someone would have to go on their property to do anything,” he added.

Banister said that Cullman County Animal Control has never had a case involving two families and three dogs, so this case is unusual. If a person intentionally poisons a dog, they may be charged with Class C felony animal cruelty in Alabama.

If you have any information, you are asked to call (256) 734-5448.

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