Residents of Hefei's Feixi County in Anhui, China were disturbed by a gruesome sight at a location that was a favourite among locals for walks or runs.
They had discovered hundreds of dog pelts left to dry beneath a local bridge.
What was more frightening was that for over the period of only a month, residents saw the number of pelts increase day by day.
According to Shanghaiist, by the time the story broke on Chinese media, there were between 500 to 600 pelts under the bridge.
Residents now seldom walk by the area anymore out of fear.
"One or two pelts is one thing, but this many is something else entirely," said one resident. "It has gotten so bad that children start crying out of fear if they wander by."
Officials speculate that someone may have been drying the skins out to produce leather.
Although the skins do not seem rotten, only time will tell if the flow of blood from the skins into the river will have any adverse affects on the river's water quality.
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