- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Police in southwestern Ohio say two dogs found on the railroad tracks last week were not killed by animal cruelty, as widely reported on social media.

City of Hamilton police say that during the investigation officers talked to an engineer who said his train hit and killed the dogs. The engineer said the dogs were playing and tussling on the tracks and ignored his horn. He said he could not have stopped in time.

Police said the condition of the dogs’ bodies were consistent with the engineer’s story.

Police said that after the dogs’ bodies were found in the city north of Cincinnati on Sept. 15, many social media posts claimed the animals had been shot and left on the tracks.

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