Tanya Thomas was in complete shock after learning the horrifying news. Her beloved pit bull "Mamas" was found hanged on the fence of her Philadelphia home while her two puppies were gone.
"I'm just hurt," Thomas said. "My stomach is flipping. I'm hurt. I'm just so hurt."
Humane Law Enforcement officers with the Pennsylvania SPCA told NBC10 the 5-year-old female pit bull and her two puppies, "Shiba" and "Marvelous," were stolen from the backyard of Thomas' home on the 5200 block of North Marvine Street in the Olney section of the city Tuesday.
A neighbor then found Mamas hanging by her own leash on a fence separating the home from another yard Wednesday morning, according to the PSPCA. Her puppies are still missing.
"I can't imagine why someone would do what they did here," said George Bengal, the PSPCA director of Humane Law Enforcement. "Whether this is a revenge kind of thing [or] if there's a neighbor dispute that I don't know about."
Thomas told NBC10 she doesn't have any enemies and has no idea who would target her pets.
"I don't understand why they want to hang a dog," she said. "What is the purpose of all that? What do you get out of that?"
Investigators say they have no suspects, witnesses or surveillance footage. They're counting on the public to come forward. If you have any information, please call the PSPCA’s cruelty hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.