The small community of Attica, Ind., is in shock after a break-in at the Paws 'n' Claws animal shelter. Two animals were killed, and two others were seriously injured.
"There are stitches on his face, and the hair is covering up the puncture marks on his legs," said Melynda Bryant, the co-founder of Paws 'n' Claws of one of her pit bull mix adult dogs.
She spoke about the scene when her employee walked into the shelter for the first time after the overnight crime.
"Blood everywhere, just tons of blood."
The pictures of the dogs injuries are graphic. It happened several weeks ago, but one of them is still on heavy medication at a veterinarian's office.
Someone broke into the shelter, but they did not move or steal anything.
The suspect or suspects put two of the largest dogs in one pen, then threw a cat in that was mauled to death. A kitten also died inside another pen that is home to a female dog and her eleven puppies.
Bryant said the dogs have never been aggressive, but this was just too much. She got emotional as she spoke about one of the dogs.
"It's because Chopper, we have had him over a year. He is just a big baby," she said.
The Attica Police Chief said they are in the process of scheduling several polygraph tests to narrow down the list of possible suspects who broke in through the front door of the shelter that now has two additional locks.
"They need to be picked up and thrown in jail," said Tracey Lamie, an Attica homeowner.
People in the community are in shock and said they are disturbed by the possible motive.
"A life is a life. It doesn't matter if it's an animal or a human. A life is a life," said Amy Morlan, another Attica homeowner and pet owner.
Paws 'n' Claws offers the only second chance to strays and neglected animals in the area. A sign outside the shelter building reads: "The greatness of a nation, and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
"We take animal care very seriously, and unfortunately, one individual thought otherwise, but he doesn't spoil who we are and what were doing," said Bryant.
The community is so outraged, they are now involved in the process as is the Humane Society of the United States. Bryant said, together, they are contributing more than $4,000 for a reward that will go to anyone who helps police prosecute whomever is responsible.