AUSTIN (KXAN) - The dog’s throat was cut, her paws were bound with rope,and her face had been set on fire. She was dead, lay wrapped inplastic and dumped unceremoniously next to a trash receptacle whenVickie McCauley stumbled upon her.
"This is torture worse than I've ever seen in my life," saidMcCauley. "And, I want whoever did this to know this is wrong! Youcan't go around doing things like this to animals."
McCauley called 311 as soon as she and her colleaguesdiscovered the dog near the Dumpster at her work. But, she saidthat when the City cameto investigate, they didn't even open the bag before determiningthe dog's owner had dumped it there once the dog died because theyhad nowhere else to put it.
That is when McCauley decided to do a little diggingherself.
"I wasn't going to leave it," she said. "Whatever it was, Iwasn't going to leave it until I investigated."
McCauley returned to the scene Monday night and unwrapped thebags. "It took me a few tries to get all of that off of her," shesaid, pointing to the heavy plastic bags and blanket that had beenwrapped around the Pit Bull. "And, then I positioned her to whereyou can tell she had been spliced, because blood wenteverywhere."
The sight made McCauley vomit.
"If I think about what they did to her and she was alive," shesaid. "It makes me cry because it makes me so sad."
The Austin Police Department's Animal Cruelty unit hasn't yetdetermined this case as animal abuse. However, they have seenMcCauley's pictures and have received a few tips from the plea forhelp McCauley posted on Craig'sList.
While this case may never be solved, Dorinda Pulliam with the TownLake Animal Center said McCauley made the right moves.
"If you even suspect animal neglect or abuse, we want you toreport it," said Pulliam. "That is the only way we can stop thisfrom happening."
Pulliam said the first step is to call 311.
According the the Austin Police Department, there have been 122cases of reported animal cruelty in Austin since Jan. 1, 2008. Justin 2009, there have been 23 cases so far.
TLAC has classeson how to detect and report animal abuse, counting on citizens tohelp stop it before goes any further.
"We want people to treat it like any other crime," saidPulliam.
As of Tuesday, the dog was still in the Dumpster.
"I was told Sanitation wouldn't come get her until Wednesdaymorning," said McCauley. "What a horrible way for any living beingto die."
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