3 The Union County Sheriff's Office is investigating a disturbing case of animal abuse. A family who lives on a farm on the outskirts of Lake Butler says someone poisoned and killed eight of their dogs. Channel 4's Erica Rakow is covering Union County this morning - and joins us live with this heartbreaking story ... Erica? 3 KATHY TODD'S DOGS ARE HER LIFE.. SHE TALKS ABOUT HER DOGS LIKE THEY ARE HER CHILDREN .. SHE HEARD THEM IN DISTRESS LAST THURSDAY NIGHT.. BARKING AND MAKING NOISES LIKE NEVER BEFORE.. SHE IMMEDIATELY RAN OVER AND FOUND THEM EXTREMELY SICK. 0-515-20THESE SEVEN DOGS ARE WHAT KATHY TODD AND HER FAMILY HAVE LEFT OF THE 15 THEY CALLED THEIR BABIES.. SHE FOUND EIGHT OF THEIR BELOVED PETS STRUGGLING.. AND DYING LAST THURSDAY NIGHT.Kathy Todd 22:46 I knew my dogs were dead, I didn't know how many more was dying, I didn't know what I had come in contact with and I had in turn taken them to the vet not knowing any better22:57 THIS UNION COUNTY FAMILY BURIED THEIR DOGS IN A CLEARED PIECE OF FARMLAND ...AFTER POLICE SAY THEY WERE POISONED.26:49 It's been a week now but it feels like it just happened. I told my husband I hope this is the closest we will get to know what it feels like to have a family member murdered 27:00- that's what it feels like. 27:01 KATHY TODD SAYS SHE FOUND THE DOGS EATING SOME SORT OF SUBSTANCE THAT HAD A STRONG AMMONIA SMELL..20:06 it was like a shiny substance with food and the smell mixed in it it was a heart breaking thing to see 20:19 SOME OF THE DOGS ALREADY DEAD.. OTHERS WERE SLOWLY DYING..29:06 One took a few steps here and he began to throw up right here 29:08- and then right on the ground you can see it looks like burnt spots everywhere that stuff touched the ground 29:18 KATHY IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.. AND BROUGHT ONE OF THE LAST SICK DOGS TO THE VET.. SHE SAYS EVEN THE VETERINARIAN AND HIS ASSISTANT GOT SICK FROM THE ODOR OF WHATEVER THE DOGS HAD INGESTED. NOW, THEY'RE LEFT WAITING.. AND WANTING TO KNOW WHO KILLED THEIR DOGS.. AS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE CONTINUES ITS INVESTIGATION..23:04 it has been scary, and It's scary not knowing if it can happen again 23:09 3 UNION COUNTY SHERIFF CRAIG WHITEHEAD SAYS THEY'VE DETERMINED SOMEONE DID POISON THE DOGS AND THAT CRUELTY TO ANIMALS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. THE INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN TURNED OVER THE STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE.