The Washington County Dog Warden is investigating and asking for the public's help in locating the owner of a small, white chihuahua that was found in a dumpster by the Marietta Bantam Baseball League concession stand Wednesday morning.
James Brown, the president of the baseball league near the fairgrounds, found the dog in an egg crate inside the dumpster in what Dog Warden Kelly McGilton said was a "horrible" condition.
After it was taken to Green Meadow Veterinary Hospital, doctors determined that the elderly dog's kidneys had failed, in addition to having a broken leg, and decided to euthanize it.
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A small white chihuahua was euthanized after it was found emaciated with broken bones in a dumpster beside the Marietta Bantam Baseball League concession stand in Marietta on Wednesday morning.
"They determined she had no quality of life left at the point, and decided to end her suffering," McGilton said.
McGilton said Brown realized something was off because he knew the concession stand had no need for eggs, and had not seen the box there when he left Tuesday night at about 9:30.
"I was able to get the dog out, and upon observing it you could see all of its body, where it was emaciated in its ribs, hips, back and shoulders," she said. "And I discovered her leg had been broken and never fixed."
For tips and information, the public can anonymously call Deputy Kelly McGilton at 373-6623, Ext. 204, or the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 376-7070.
Once the dog refused water, McGilton suspected kidney failure, which she reported is a direct result of emaciation.
The dog also had cataracts in both eyes and little to no muscle left, in addition to not being able to walk.
"It had to have been dumped there sometime during Tuesday night or in the early hours of the morning," she said.
McGilton said she is currently looking for fingerprints on the box or any evidence that could lead to the arrest of the dog's owner, but urges the public to come forward with any information.
Anyone can anonymously contact McGilton with information by calling 373-6623, Ext. 204, or by calling the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 376-7070.
An arrest of the involved party could lead to charges of animal cruelty and abandonment, which are both misdemeanors.