Puppy found abandoned, tied up

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the suspect who abandoned a puppy and left his back legs bound. The dog was discovered in a building within the McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills.

“Who in the world could do something like this to this little dog?” asked Karen Spessard, one of the park hosts who helped rescue the dog.

“I went up there and here’s this little, frail-looking little thing with tape around his back legs,” Spessard continued. “It’s just awful. I was nauseous for a while looking at him.”

The Chihuahua mix was found the night after Christmas. Two weeks later, Snickers, as he’s now nicknamed, is regaining his strength at the MCSO Animal Safe Haven (MASH) while the animal crimes unit works the case.

“They obviously tied his legs so he couldn’t go anywhere and left him for dead,” said Deputy Joaquin Enriquez. 

Enriquez said fingerprints were recovered from the tape, but detectives have turned to the public for help solving the case.

“Any leads will help,” Enriquez said. 

The dog is still considered evidence as the investigation continues, but eventually the plan is to adopt him out.

“I would love to see someone who will just love him to pieces,” Spessard said. “He’s so lovable.”

Lovable and lucky, considering he was found before it was too late.

“I think it was a miracle,” Spessard said.

Meanwhile, the person responsible will likely face charges including abandonment, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

MCSO said last year its Animal Crimes Unit hotline received 1,974 calls. 

The Arizona Humane Society said it has noticed a rise in calls for animals in distress Valleywide, from 23,059 in 2010-2011 to 26,756 in 2011-2012.

A spokeswoman told 3TV that’s the highest number they’ve ever seen. Approximately a third of the calls were regarding animal cruelty.