Chatfield, MN (KROC AM News) - A rural Olmsted County woman and her daughter were out for a walk Tuesday evening when they made a disturbing discovery.

The woman called the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office to report finding a shoebox with five dead puppies inside.

Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Behrns says the box was in a ditch in the 13,000 block of 117th St SE near Chatfield. Behrns says it appeared the puppies were newborn but it wasn't clear how long the box had been there. There were no signs of trauma to the puppies, which had been wrapped in towels.

Behrns says his department is treating this as a possible criminal case.

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