Animal Owners Fearful After Pet Slayings

Animal remains found inside Smith County mailboxes left many pet owners concerned Tuesday night.

By Wednesday morning, the Precinct 5 Constable's office was weeding through phone messages, many from people with missing pets. Another citizen told investigators she found a dead animal inside her mailbox on October 31.

So far, authorities have no suspects.

Gayle Helms with the Smith County Humane Society says the best way to stop animal cruelty is to increase the penalties for those responsible.

"We need to be pushing for stronger legislation to try to get the animal cruelty laws and the animal abuse laws increased to where people are really having to be responsible for their actions," says Helms.

If the culprit of the latest pet slayings is caught, they will face a Class-A misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty, punishable up to one year in county jail.