Sheriff Larry Fowler said a school bus driver reported finding the dogs Wednesday morning on the side of Raley Road, just off Veal Station Road in Springtown.
The mother dog had an apparent gunshot wound to the head and was in the kennel with 10 puppies that were less than two weeks old.
“These puppies were left defenseless and still nursing on their deceased mother,” Sheriff Fowler said.
The puppies were taken to the Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch. The organization said on it’s Facebook page that was able to place them with two surrogate pit bulls who will help nurse them and care for them until they can be put up for adoption.