VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A Virginia Beach man made a gruesome discovery Thursday morning behind a city recycling center. He found a severely injured dog wrapped in a burlap sack.
Michael Dimino found the elderly female Boston terrier next to the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in the 2500 block of George Mason Drive.
"It's terrible," Dimino said. "I just can't believe somebody could do that."
As a contractor, Dimino stops by this recycling center several times a week.
"Whenever I have a lot of cardboard, rather than just throw it out, I do drop the cardboard off," Dimino added.
But his trip Thursday morning was a first.
"After I was done throwing everything away, I heard a sound," Dimino said. "It wasn't like a true bark, it sounded more like an injured something."
Dimino decided to investigate the origin of the sound and nestled in the tall grass near a fence was a burlap sack.
"I heard the sound again and saw the bag actually move," Dimino added. "So I opened the bag, looked, and I saw a dog."
The dog was injured, but still breathing.
"It's just disgusting to see that somebody would do that," Dimino said.
Dimino put the Terrier in a tote and rushed it to the vet. The dog had suffered a severe head injury and veterinarians had no choice but to put the dog to sleep.
"It's the true meaning of senseless," Dimino said. "It made no sense just not to let it go in a parking lot or something. Give it to SPCA."
Veterinarians believe the dog was at least 10 years old. They could also tell one of its eyes was surgically removed at some point in the past and it was suffering from a bad flea infestation.
If you have any information on who the dog belonged to, give the Crime Line a call at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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