03/18/2016 08:00 EDT | Updated 03/19/2017 01:12 EDT

Alexis Creek RCMP investigating 2 cases of dogs dragged behind vehicles

RCMP in B.C.'s central Interior are investigating after the gruesome discoveries of two dead dogs that appear to have been dragged behind vehicles.

Both dogs were mixed-breed. They were found on two separate occasions on First Nation's land near Alexis Creek, according to Sgt. Don Racette.

The first animal was found in December, 2015 when a member of the public contacted the Alexis Creek RCMP detachment about a dead dog on one of the main roads in the First Nations community.

"It appeared that the dog was dragged a fair distance and there was some twine wrapped around the hindquarters of the animal, down by the paw area," said Racette. "Members could see a trail in fresh snow where the animal was dragged to that location."

It was not apparent if the dog was dragged by a vehicle or an ATV.

Second animal found in March

The second case was discovered, March 8, by RCMP officers on one of the First Nation's main roads.

The animal also had twine tied to a leg and appeared to have been dragged.

Investigators don't know if the dogs died by being dragged or were deceased before they were tied behind the vehicles.

"It's something that we don't normally come across," said Racette. "We are taking these offences very seriously, and we're doing everything we can to identify who is responsible."

Police aren't identifying the First Nation where the animals were found.

"The chief and council have been advised," said Racette." They are also doing their own investigation to find out who owned the animals or (who) may be responsible for this."

Alexis Creek RCMP is seeking information regarding the incident through the detachment at 250-394-4211 or through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Alexis Creek is roughly 100 kilometres west of Williams Lake along Highway 20.