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Dog Shot In Cage With Her Puppies In North Texas

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(CNN) -- A disturbing case of animal cruelty has shocked a small town in Texas.

Someone shot a mother dog in the head, leaving her puppies with their mom's body on the side of the road.

What a contrast to the human cruelty these puppies experienced yesterday.

Someone shot their mother through the head inside a cage on the side of the road.

The week-old pups were still trying to suckle milk from her body when they were spotted early Wednesday morning

The cage was sitting on Raley Road just off Veal Station Road in Springtown.

They were covered in blood.

Dog rescuer Jennifer Aikman took them in, cleaned them off, and amazingly, got them fixed up with two other nursing dogs that accepted them in their litters.

"She just took them right in and has plenty of milk," Aikman said. 

Aikman shudders at the coldness of the person who shot the mother dog, a Brown Shepherd/Heeler mix.

"Did he go take his kids to school? Eat breakfast? Where do you go after you shoot your dog in the head and leave it on the side of the road, dead with 10 puppies?" says Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler. "I mean, what kind of sense does any of this make?

Sheriff Fowler says there's not a lot of evidence; just the cage, lined with cardboard used for school displays, and an empty water bowl made from a pot.

The sheriff boosted the reward to $2,000.

"Their eyes are just opening. Some still need bottle feeding," says Aikman. She thinks they'll make it. She tries not to think about the rest.

After the dogs are weaned, they'll need caring families to adopt them. You can get more information at the Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch Facebook page.

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