DeSoto County Deputies Continue to Investigate Dog Left in Garbage Bag



A search is underway to find the culprit who left a dilapidated dog in a trash bag in DeSoto County.

The dog survived but was severely malnourished and received professional care.

The dog was found by someone walking their dog outside and a strangely shaped trash bag was sitting by the side of the road.

This person took a closer look and realized it was a dog trying to crawl out of the bag. They called 911.

“It’s heartbreaking and infuriating,” said Jennifer Bailey, a detective sergeant in the crime investigation division of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office. “She can only move the front part of her body. I’m not sure if she’s paralyzed or she’s just too weak. Her ribs, her spine, her hips, everything is in disarray which is probably the worst I’ve seen in most cases. “

The dog has no collar, no chips, and no owner in sight.

A rainstorm washed away the fingerprints on the trash bag but that won’t stop the delegates from figuring out who was responsible for disposing of the dog.

“I took the photo at our local veterinary clinic,” says Bailey. “There was a time when she got a lover. She is not a small dog. I hope that someone will get used to her just taking care of for many years. ”

Bailey said someone must know the owner.

“We just need someone to come forward,” she added.

While deputies dealt with the case, the people at DeSoto County Animal Services cared for the dog.

“She was very sick, weak. She hasn’t eaten anything. She won’t eat right now. She was drinking a lot of water but they were just picking her up to move her. Sara Walker, DeSoto County public information officer, said.

Animal Services hopes your local vet or medical rescue team can help get the dog healthy again.

This case has dog lovers like Ashley Dubose protesting.

“How can anyone do that? It’s just old dogs and that’s another thing that touches me a little bit because you know that just because it’s old doesn’t mean you throw it away,” Dubose said.

Dozens of people including Dubose called to see how they could help the dog.

Dubose said she was disgusted when she saw the authorities’ Facebook post about the dog.

“How could anyone do that,” she said.

Dubose contacted the sheriff’s office to see if she could adopt the dog. She has three dogs of her own.

Bailey says the dog won’t be adopted for a while.

“She’s going to have a long way to go before she can be healthy,” Bailey said.

The person who left the dog faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

If you can help DeSoto County delegates find the dog’s owner, you can send advice by calling 863-993-4700 or by emailing Sgt. Bailey at [email protected]

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