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Gruesome details revealed in Perry Co murder-suicide

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PERRY CO., IN (WFIE) -

We're learning new details about a murder-suicide in Perry County.

We're told the 2 bodies discovered in a mobile home overnight were being eaten by their pet dogs.

"I've seen probably five or six in the yard and I was told there was four or five in the house," said Les Courtois, neighbor.

13340 Mason Drive is silent Tuesday. In fact, you would have to look really close to realize that dogs ever lived here.

"I heard 12 shots last night," said Courtois.

Courtois lives next door to Franklin and Elaine Kirk.

The mother and son were found dead inside the mobile home by Franklin's daughter Monday night, but, we're told, the bodies could have been there much longer than that.

Neighbors say they the last time they saw either Franklin or Elaine was more than a week ago.

The Perry County Coroner tells us the bodies were badly decomposed.

"Apparently a couple of the dogs ate on her head a little bit so they killed all the dogs," said Courtois.

Indiana State Police tell us Perry County Sheriff's deputies shot the dogs when they discovered the animals had eaten parts of the bodies.

14 News tried several times to get a comment from the Perry County Sheriff's Office but they referred us instead to the Indiana State Police.

ISP tell us deputies told them they shot the dogs citing a regulation that says if a dog eats human remains it cannot be accepted at a shelter.

Meanwhile, the entire incident has left neighbors like Les Courtois shocked.

"I mean they pretty much kept to themselves," said Courtois. "I never would have expected this you know."

The Indiana State Board of Animal Health says there is no state law stating a dog that eats human remains cannot be accepted at a shelter. However, they say that does not mean there isn't a local or county ordinance that the deputies were following when they shot the dogs at the scene.

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