BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Kern County Animal Control officials are asking for any information related to the skinned animal carcasses discovered Friday afternoon.
Anyone with information helpful to the investigation is asked to call the animal control department at (661) 321-3000.
"We take animal cruelty cases very seriously, and we urge viewers if they have been a witness or experienced anything to give us a call and report it," Shyanne Schunn said.
On Friday, a woman looking for boxes around a trash container south of Bakersfield claimed to have found the dumped, dead animals.
Exactly what she found remains a mystery.
Kern County Public Health spokeswoman Kim Rodriguez said Friday evening that the bodies could be those of wild animals or dogs, but officials would need to investigate.
The Eyewitness News tipster, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said she ran across the carcasses Thursday night at a dumpster off Taft Highway near Wible Road. She said she removed the bodies from the dumpster and placed them in her pickup bed to take photos.
The dumpster is next to a meat store, but the owner emphatically denied any part in what the woman found. John Cope, owner of Farmers Wholesale Meats, said there is a steady stream of foot traffic around the open-air dumpster.
"There's no way we done any of this stuff," Cope said. "Whose to say it was in my trash can? But, by far, there's nothing in our part that we did something like this."
The animal bodies weren't found Friday afternoon in the dumpster when an Eyewitness News crew visited the scene. Eyewitness News was told that trash pick-ups are Thursday mornings.