Malnourished, injured dog found inside box in Little Haiti

Veterinarians forced to euthanize dog because of severity of injuries

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

MIAMI - Veterinarians were forced to euthanize a severely malnourished and injured dog that was found last week inside a box in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, activists with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said on Thursday.

PETA activists said the dog was found Nov. 30 inside a cardboard box at the intersection of Northeast 57th Street and Miami Place.

The woman who found the dog initially thought he was dead, but activists said the dog was suffering from severe encephalitis and brain damage. The dog also had multiple severe lacerations around its neck and chest, which were infected.

Veterinarians who examined the dog determined that he had been neglected for some time before he was apparently attacked.

Activists said a white pickup truck that was seen near the intersection where the dog was found might be connected to the case.

The Miami Police Department is investigating, but no arrests have been made.

"Someone left this dog wounded, infected, malnourished and dying in a cardboard box on the side of the road," PETA vice president Colleen O'Brien said in a statement. "PETA is calling on anyone who recognizes this dog to come forward immediately so that whoever left him for dead can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else."

PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for injuring the dog.

Anyone with information that can help detectives is asked to call the Miami Police Department at 305-579-6111 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. 

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