The remains of 55 dogs have been discovered decomposing in a wildflower reserve, some charred or bearing signs of bullet wounds.
The dogs were victims of greyhound racing, a sport that takes the lives of a shocking number of dogs both on the racetrack and off. The horrifying discovery, made in Queensland, Australia, seems to confirm reports that trainers routinely and brutally put down unwanted dogs or pay to have them killed.
Police and representatives from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrived at the preserve in Bundaberg late Wednesday night after the RSPCA received a tip-off that the site was a dumping ground.
Whoever dumped the dogs made no attempt to bury them, scattering their bodies across a 650-foot swath of land and leaving them exposed to the elements. Queensland's Courier Mail has details and photos from the grisly scene (Warning: Contains graphic and disturbing images).