Police in rural Northern California were searching on Wednesday for the killer of two pit bulls, who were shot and hung from a tree next to a hand-scrawled sign that read "All stray dogs must die."
A state transportation worker found the dogs on Monday along Highway 36 near Dinsmore, southeast of Eureka, according to Humboldt County Sheriff spokesman Lieutenant Wayne Hanson.
A deputy found the dogs, one white and one brindle, shot in the head and hanging from a tree by a rope around their hind legs, about half a mile from the nearest house, Hanson said in the statement.
The deputy, who cut the dogs down, found a large wooden sign nearby, spray-painted with the message "All stray dogs must die," Hanson said.
The sheriff's office is asking for calls from anyone with information.
(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)