Eleven skinned animals dumped near a public park in Lehigh County now appear to be foxes, not puppies, officials announced late Monday.
Necropsies conducted Monday showed that at least one animal was shot and the others might have been trapped, according to a report by The Associated Press, but Cary Moran, shelter manager for the Lehigh County Humane Society, could not confirm that information.
Fox hunting is legal in Pennsylvania from October through February, according to the state game commission website.
Animal welfare officials had initially feared the animals were puppies, but Moran said their eye sockets and teeth more closely resemble foxes. DNA tests are under way to confirm their species.
The discovery of the bodies Friday came the same week another animal was found skinned, with its feet cut off and rope tied to one leg, about 20 miles away in Lynn Township.