SALEM -- A group of people in Marion County may be using Craigslist to find pets that they then use for target practice, police said.

The group responds to free domestic animals to good homes postings according to Don Thomson of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The pets--specifically cats--are then reportedly used for shooting practice.

Thomson said numerous calls and emails had reported the crimes, but the sheriff's office had not yet determined whether the reports were factual.

Many of the callers have reported that pictures of the crimes are being posted on social media sites.

Our Office aggressively investigates all reports of animal neglect or cruelty and we take these reports quite seriously, Thomson said.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office tip line at (503) 540-8079 or email Deputy Mark Ferron.

The warning below was featured in several posts on the Salem Craigslist pets section:

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