PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are looking for the person responsible for a nasty case of animal abuse. A Chihuahua was found tied up, abandoned and so badly hurt it had to be put down.
The dog was discovered at 61st Ave and Indian School. Witnesses in the area told 3TV they believe the little dog was also tossed out of a moving vehicle.
The female Chihuahua was taken to an animal hospital where the Arizona Humane Society discovered the dog's injuries were far too severe for it to survive.
Aside from being tied up, the dog had eight pelvic fractures, one spinal fracture and limited use of its legs. Vets at the Arizona Humane Society decided to humanely euthanize the dog, and they're now working to determine if the injuries are consistent with being thrown out of a vehicle.
"Our veterinarians work really closely with law enforcement to help provide any medical testimony we can, if it's found who did this to this poor animal,” said Bretta Nelson, Humane Society spokeswoman.
A little girl and her friends were some of the first to find the beat-up and abandoned dog.
“We were just going inside and we saw this white van speeding by. They slowed down; they didn't stop completely. They slowed down to, I guess, throw the dog,” said Yajaira Paez, a 12-year-old girl who discovered the dog moments after it was abandoned. “It was a bad sight. The dog was literally tied up.”
Police are investigating, but they need the public's help. If you have any information at all about this case, you can report it through a direct link on the Arizona Humane Society's website.