MERLIN — Four dogs stolen from the Josephine County Animal Shelter near Merlin over the weekend have been found beaten to death along a nearby road.

Animal Control Supervisor Brad Tally said four others are missing. Someone cut locks to get at the animals.

He said a passer-by found the four dead border collies along Pleasant Valley Road, and they had been struck in the head. They had been brought to the shelter as strays.

The missing dogs are two blue heeler puppies, white with dark spots, an older female dachshund and a female chocolate Labrador, about 2 years old.

— The Associated Press