Fort Payne, Alabama, police are seeking information related to a family dog believed to have been tied to railroad tracks by two teens and run over by a train on Tuesday or Wednesday, according to a statement posted on the police department's social media page.
According to police, an animal cruelty report was taken at the Alabama Walking Track in downtown Fort Payne near the intersection of Fifth Street and Gault Avenue.
"The victim had a family pet come up missing and they were in the area looking for it," police said. "They were told by some people in the park there were possible 2 teenage boys who had a dog matching that description."
The family looked along the tracks "and found where their dog, Buster, had been possibly tied to the tracks and ran over by a train," police said.
The rope had been removed and the decapitated dog left on the tracks, according to the statement.
While the statement describes the suspects as "teenage boys," others responding to the statement on social media said the suspects were girls. There was no clarifying information..
Fort Payne police believe the incident took place between Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Fort Payne Police Department tip line at 256-844-6053 and leave a message or contact an officer on duty.