Authorities are searching for the person who left three dead and emaciated dogs in a dumpster at the North Windham School over the weekend.
Windham Animal Control Officer Joan Lamont said a school janitor discovered the dogs Monday afternoon. They had been placed in a cardboard box inside the dumpster outside the elementary school at 112 Jordan Lane in North Windham.
The dogs – a Boston Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier and small mixed-breed dog – appeared to be starving and unkempt. They had matted hair and long toenails, according to Lamont, who called the situation one of the worst things she’d ever seen.
"To find three small dogs like this – that suggests that it was a situation where they were all being neglected, especially the condition of the rests of their bodies," Lamont explained.
It’s not clear how long the dogs had been dead. Lamont said it appears they died of starvation.
One of the dogs had a microchip implanted but was not registered. None had tags, although one was wearing a collar.
Animal control officers are searching for the person or people responsible.
Windham Public Schools Superintendent Ana Ortiz said that, although the situation did not present a security concern, counseling will be available to students.
"There's also a school social worker and school psychologist that, if the children have to talk about it, there will be people there for them," Ortiz said.
Animal Control hopes someone will come forward with information so officers can identify the person responsible.
"We want to konw where these dogs came from," Lamont said. "Somebody probably knows who had three little dogs like this."