“How bizarre, well it didn’t take itself into the middle of the road, get into bed, curl up & die! Somebody put that poor we thing there, either to get a kick out of it, or because the dog died & rather than do the right thing, they tossed it out onto the road! I think a necropsy is vital to find out if there are any suspicious actions going on. To whoever put it there…you are sick & in need of some physcological help!”
The case is still a mystery to animal control officers who are asking for your help.
Jennifer Baiardi is a dog lover. “I mean, I love animals,” she says.
She’s repeatedly turned down offers from people looking to buy her pit bull, Shiloh. So she was never prepared for what she discovered Friday.
“I’m still trying to get over it,” she said.
While doing some yard work, she noticed a small dog bed lying in the road.
“I didn’t think anything of it, at first,” Baiardi admits.
Eventually, reluctantly, she walked across the street to see what was in the bed.
“It shocked me. I cannot believe people can do something like that, I just can’t,” she says.
Baiardi found a Chihuahua puppy stiff and dead wearing a T-shirt curled up in its bed underneath a towel.
In 15 years working for animal control, Jones has never seen anything like this.
“I was just astounded. We were speechless like ‘wow, don’t see that everyday’,” he admits.
Jones is investigating the case, but doesn’t know who owned the dog or how it died. He has more questions than answers right now.
“We don’t know how it ended up there. It seemingly just dropped out of the clear blue sky,” Jones says.
Investigators haven’t ruled out animal cruelty playing a role in the dog’s death and haven’t decided whether or not to conduct a necropsy.
Baiardi doesn’t recognize the dog from the neighbourhood, but hopes animal control can find out who it belonged to.
Investigators say they’ve canvassed the neighbourhood – at the intersection of Blossom and Norwood streets – looking for clues.
They point out that the dog appeared to be well cared for.
If you have any information about the dog, call animal control at 941-833-5690. You can remain anonymous.