Update: Police say animal heads are not a result of animal cruelty
Largo, FL - At the Suncoast Animal League, founder Rick Chaboudy has been looking after the welfare of animals for years.
So, when Chaboudy heard that several severed dog heads were found in a restaurant dumpster in Largo, he was concerned.
But he didn't jump to the conclusion of animal cruelty.
"If an animal bites somebody and the animal is deceased, a lot of times they don't send the body to the lab. They just send the head. Then, they test part of the brain for rabies. So, that's the first thing that came to my mind," said Chaboudy.
It turns out Chaboudy's instinct may be right. While Largo Police refuse to comment on the case, sources close to the investigation tell 10 Connects those severed dog heads may be the remains of medical research dumped by a local laboratory.
"I don't know of any labs in this area doing any kind of animal-related work," said Chaboudy, who has been a long-standing member of the Bay area animal community.
That fact leaves Chaboudy wondering: How legit is this so-called "lab?" "If they [the lab] can't take it upon themselves to properly dispose of these animals in a dignified way, it concerns me - how are they getting these animals? Where are they getting these animals from?"
Good questions only the police can answer now.
Erica Pitzi, 10 Connects Reporter