- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 14, 2020

CAMDEN, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina dog owner is offering a $10,000 reward for information after 19 of his hunting dogs were discovered dead.

The reward was announced on behalf of owner Jamie Sanders in a post on the Albemarle Houndsmen Association Facebook page over the weekend, The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday.

Sanders reported on June 29 that one of his dogs, who was healthy the day before, had died, The Pilot quoted Camden County Sheriff Kevin Jones as saying. Sanders reported a total of 19 dogs dead over the following days, the newspaper said.

Jones said his office was investigating the case, adding the agency was “treating the death of these dogs as suspicious.”

Blood samples were being examined to determine a cause of death, according to Jones.

“It is odd that 19 dogs would fall out dead,” The Pilot quoted Jones as saying.

Bobby Harris, president of the Albemarle Houndsmen Association, said the dogs were running walker hounds costing between $1,500 to $2,000 each.

The association added $500 to the reward.

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