By Eliot Duke, from WXII
Thomasville Police Department is looking for any information regarding a puppy that was found wrapped in a plastic bag in a dumpster Friday afternoon.
When Bingham arrived he found the animal wrapped in a white, plastic bag suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. The dog, a pit bull and Labrador mix about six months old, was taken to Davidson County Animal Shelter for treatment, but Bingham said it would have to be put down due to its deteriorating condition.
“I don’t know how long it went without oxygen,” Bingham said. “We are hoping someone will come forward who knows something about this dog so we can find out what happened and file charges. It’s a shame. I could see it moving when I opened up the dumpster.”
Bingham thinks the dog couldn’t have been in the dumpster more than 30 minutes simply because he found it alive. He immediately tried to give the animal water but the dog wouldn’t drink it. When it got to the animal shelter, the dog was placed in a cooler in an effort to bring its abnormally high body temperature down. The dog had trouble breathing and was twitching constantly.
“We tried to help it but had no luck,” said Bingham. “The dog was so warm when I found him. He was burning up. This is definitely a case of animal cruelty.”
Staff at the shelter continued caring for the brindle-colored puppy throughout the weekend, but the animal didn’t respond to any treatment. The dog couldn’t stand up on its own and “just stared off into space.” The bag the animal was found in appeared to be one used to transport fabric and was not a typical plastic bag.
“How simple is taking an animal to the animal shelter?” Bingham said. “This is something that could’ve been avoided.”
A detective has been assigned to the case and anyone with information is asked to call 475-4260. Animal cruelty is a felony in North Carolina.