Dog rescued from abuse, search for person responsible underway

A dog was abandoned next to a dumpster, with her muzzle taped shut, and left to die in her crate. Those who rescued her believe she was outside for hours, and soaking wet in the cold.

A good Samaritan noticed a dog crate sitting beside a dumpster Tuesday on Chris Drive in Murray. He eventually noticed a dog was inside and biked her to the nearest pet store. She’s doing better now, but those who rescued her want to find the person responsible.

She had bruises on her muzzle and her ribs, and the little dog was in worse spirits when she was found. Laura Cherry the director of Lost, but Loved Animal Rescue, looks after her now. Cherry says the fear and pain the pup went through, it’s lucky she’s even alive.

"To tape your mouth shut and put her in a cat crate next to a dumpster when we’re supposed to get sleet ice and snow is a death sentence for her," Cherry says. She says she wants to save another animal from the same fate.

Murray Police Sgt. Brant Shutt says they’re working without many clues and hope someone will come forward with information on who did this. Shutt says whoever was responsible had other options.

"With the weather the way it is, the dog abandoned the way it was, just not a good situation," Shutt says. 

If you don’t think you can care for your pet anymore, you can drop them off at the animal shelter. The only thing you have to do is fill out a surrender form, no questions asked.

Cherry says she’s happy this little dog got a second chance. "She’s a sweet dog and deserves better than to be set out by the dumpster like a piece of trash," she says.

The Murray Police Department is investigating this as a case of animal cruelty. The crime is punishable by one year in jail and/or a $500 fine.

There is a 10 day holding policy, just to make sure her original owner didn’t lose her.

If you have information on the person responsible, you can contact the Murray Police Department as an anonymous source or the Lost But Loved Animal Rescue.

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