SURPRISE, Ariz. - An 8-week-old Pit Bull puppy was found stuffed in a plastic bag and thrown in a dumpster behind a CVS store near Litchfield and Greenway Roads. Now Surprise Police are trying to track down the person who threw the dog away.
According to authorities, the male puppy was in a state of neglect when it was found and transported for medical evaluation and treatment.
Police say a person visiting from out of town happened to go to the CVS, and upon leaving the store, she thought she heard a baby in the trash. That's when she found the dog tied up in the grocery bag.
"AHS' trauma vets have examined the puppy who has puppy strangles, an autoimmune disease that affects the skin, but can resolve with medication. The pup will head into an Arizona Humane Society Foster Hero Home for the next several weeks to continue in his recovery," stated AHS' Bretta Nelson.
"This takes animal cruelty to a whole other level, it's absolutely unacceptable," said Sgt. Greg Welch of the Surprise Police Department.
The dog is expected to make a full recovery.
"He's been chewing on my pants, my shoes, he's been being naughty, which is actually a good sign," said Nelson.
AHS is also making a plea to anyone thinking of doing the same thing to their own dogs -- call their hotline for help: 602-997-7585, extension 2073.
"Last year, they responded to 60,000 calls for help. There are organizations that can help you -- no questions asked. You don't have to resort to throwing a puppy away, which is literally what was done to this little guy," said Nelson.
Officials say security cameras are sparse in the area and none were pointed in the direction of the dumpster. The Surprise Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to contact them at 623-222-TIPS (8477) or by e-mail at CrimeTips@surpriseaz.gov.
Thank goodness this eight-week-old Pit Bull puppy is now recovering at the @azhumane after @Surprise_PD rescued it from a dumpster. The puppy will head to a foster home for next several weeks to recover from an autoimmune disease. #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/SEq05Tdgh3— Christine Goodfriend (@GoodfriendC) January 12, 2018