Two dogs found decapitated, Sheriff searching for information

News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

UPDATE: July 16, 2019, 3:00 pm- –   St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab Technicians transported both dogs to a local veterinarian hospital for an assessment and evaluation.  The dogs were determined to be male and ages are unknown at this time.

The dogs are being transferred to Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University where necropsies will be performed in an attempt to gather additional investigative information.

Updates will be provided as warranted.

UPDATE:  The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division is continuing the animal cruelty investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is requesting public assistance with information identifying the owners of the dogs.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Edward Vogt at (301) 475-4200 extension *8145 or by email at

This is a very focused investigation and an update will be released later today.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking public assistance with an ongoing animal cruelty investigation.  On July 14, 2019, Deputy First Class Roszell responded to the 40400 block of Parlett Morgan Road in Mechanicsville, for the reported animal cruelty.  

Located in a wooded area were two deceased dogs. The dogs were determined to be Black Labrador Retrievers, both weighing over 80 pounds. The dogs had been decapitated and discarded in the wooded area.

Animal Control responded to the scene, and it was determined the dogs had been discarded within the last 48 hours.

Anyone with information on the possible owners of the dogs, or anyone with information on this case, is asked to contact DFC. Rachael Roszell at (301) 475-4200 extension *8108 or by email at

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).  Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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