When Ken and Lynn Haney's beloved pets got loose, they launched a desperate 4-week search. They posted flyers, offered a $2,000 reward, even hired a pet psychic.
Then a phone call took them to a stretch of railroad tracks in far northeast Houston. That's where they found the bodies of Gus and Scrappy. They also discovered something more disturbing.
"As I'm standing there trying to identify the bones, I could see off the side of the embankment was Scrappy's collar. Then, in the ditch, it was her head." Lynn remembers emotionally.
It's not clear how Scrappy died. Gus, a 6 and a 1/2 year old Black Lab, had been shot and left on the tracks.
Ken Haney tells FOX 26's Pattie Shieh, "I think Gus just didn't want to leave her. She was just about a total skeleton except for the severed head."
A walk down this stretch of tracks reveals a number of animal carcasses.
After spotting deer corn between the ties, the Haneys fear someone may be baiting the tracks and shooting whatever animals come to get the food. In such an isolated area, the land owner admits, he's not sure what goes on out here.
"He says they just come out here and shoot off their guns and anything moving, they shoot... even his cows." Ken tells us.
Lynn described what she saw that day in a bag of dog food, "We opened up and there is a dog in there decaying. It just doesn't make sense. It wasn't until we drove around to the other side that we saw the pig. We flipped him over and you could see the bullet wound... a little piglet."
A makeshift grave marks where Gus is buried alongside the tracks.
The Haneys wanted their dogs to stay together. The couple had rescued Gus and adopted Scrappy. It was destiny that brought them together. But, it may have been a crime that took them away.