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TWIN FALLS -- Many dog owners in the Magic Valley are worried for the safety of their pets after dozens of dogs have gone missing.

We reported the grisly discovery of a dog apparently beaten to death on a popular trail on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Twin Falls Animal Shelter says they've heard of about 30-40 dogs that have gone missing in the past few months. So many, that they created a special Facebook page where owners can report their missing dogs. Also, national news organizations have picked up the story.

Shelter Director Debbie Blackwood says people are scared for their pets. But she also says there's not much real hard evidence from the disappearances. That's why she's encouraging anyone who thinks there may be something suspicious about their dog going missing, to document it with pictures, substantiate it, and tell authorities.

Call your shelters, call your veterinarian offices, call animal control, and take the time to fill out a police report! said Blackwood.

Here are some other things Blackwood says you can do to protect your dogs from going missing:

  • Don't let your dogs go unsupervised away from home.
  • Don't leave your car unlocked with your dog inside.
  • Put locks on your gates at home, and use them.

If you know anything about that dog abuse case, or these disappearances, let police or your local shelter know.

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the conviction of someone involved in an animal abuse case.

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