Windsor Police responded to I-91 Northbound between exits 8 and 9 at 8 A.M. Saturday morning after receiving calls about two deceased dogs in the roadway.
Vermont State Police also responded.
Police originally reported that both dogs appeared to have been killed before being thrown from a moving vehicle. Officials also originally reported that each dog had a small caliber gunshot wound to the face.
On Sunday evening, after Vermont Fish and Wildlife preformed a necropsy on the animals, police said those were not gunshot wounds. Instead, officials now believe the wounds came from a motor vehicle collision. Police say the dogs were likely killed instantly around 6:30 A.M. by a tractor-trailer type vehicle.
According to police, one of the Pit Bulls also had scaring to the face, which officials originally said might have indicated the animal was used in dog fights. Windsor Police later clarified that statement on social media, saying in part, "it was not meant to imply that the owners engaged these dogs in fights, but rather the animal had been in an animal vs animal fight between the time he went missing, and when he was found."
The dogs, known as Dunkin and Diesel, were identified by their owners who say the animals were last seen playing outside Friday afternoon around 4:30 P.M.
Police say the owners made every effort to find the missing dogs before the animals were discovered on a stretch of highway directly behind the owners property, which is in the County Road area of Windsor.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Windsor Police at 802-295-9425.
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