Dog nearly starved to death found thrown into ditch - WNEM TV 5

Dog nearly starved to death found thrown into ditch

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FRANKENMUTH, MI (WNEM) -

Police are investigating a severe case of animal cruelty after finding a dog in a ditch.

"I'm an avid animal lover and to see something like this is just heart wrenching... just absolutely heart wrenching," said Officer William Gutzwiller.

Gutzwiller still can't believe what he found on the side of the road Friday morning.

"The way that this poor animal was laying in the bottom of the ditch is absolutely deplorable," Gutzwiller said.

"It was nothing but skin and bones and you could tell that animal was suffering in that position for quite some time," Gutzwiller said.

A pit bull mix-lying in a ditch right next to A storage bin he said was filled with feces. But that's not all.

“The container showed signs of abrasion such as making contact with the roadway and it was cracked in several locations indicating it was dropped from a higher elevation,” Gutzwiller said.

Evidence that someone threw the puppy from a moving vehicle. The most surprising discovery, the officer said the puppy, with signs of being abused and malnourished, was still alive.

"I couldn't believe it. When I initially approached the dog again thinking it was deceased, and that animal lifted his head and looked at me with those big beautiful blue eyes... you literally break down at that point," Gutzwiller said.

Within minutes of calling 911, animal control arrived to the scene and now miraculously the puppy now having a new lease on life and a new name is going to survive.

"I don't know how but then, like I say, ‘They named the animal Lucky’ as the name of the dog. Very fitting," Gutzwiller said.

Now the puppy is in stable condition, the next order of business for Gutzwiller... Find whoever did this.

"We're hoping that with the help of TV5 we can identify the owner of this dog... we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," Gutzwiller said.

This case is currently under investigation by the Frankenmuth Police Department. If anyone has any information about the dog, and/or its former owner(s), please contact FPD Detective Flathau at (989) 652-8371, extension 161.

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