LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A reward is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States in the hopes of finding those responsible for a serious case of animal cruelty. It comes after a dog is dumped from a car window and left to die in a tied trash bag.
It happened late Tuesday where Chestnut and Liberty streets meet in downtown Louisville.
The picture says it all-a tiny eye peering from a ripped trash bag.
It was discovered as a woman stopped at a traffic light at Chestnut and Liberty," she said she thought she heard something and she was like looking around and saw a trash bag," explained Rebecca Eaves of the Shamrock Arrow Fund.
Eaves said, a man walked up to the driver and the two looked inside. "The woman ripped the bag just a little and it (a dog) was a sealed in the trash bag."
Just under 3.5 pounds, he was shaking and badly injured. A Shamrock pet foundation volunteer riding her bike in the area called for help.
"Severe neglect charges should be brought up against the people that had him," Eaves told us, "because he was absolutely covered in flea nests, severely anemic, parasites inside and outside, the whole nine yards."
Dr. Scott Rizzo with Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners, who treated the dog added, "There's a couple of pelvic fractures."
Rizzo said those injuries are the likely result of being dropped from a car window onto concrete.
At first, they thought the 2-to3-year-old boy covered in mud and feces was a brown terrier mix, but an intense bath led to a big reveal.
"Sure enough," Dr. Rizzo said of the change, "He's a little maltese and he's white, you never would have thought that when he came in."
The dog is finally getting love and care, but he needed a name.
The decided on Karma-created by pet lovers on Facebook angry at the dog's abuser.
"This person (who did this)," Eaves explained, "Karma will get them back."
She said, "Seeing the picture of that dog in that bag, I haven't slept," adding, "The monster that could stuff it into a bag and discard it on the side of the road makes me sick."
Doctors at Blue Pearl say Karma is so small, he'll likely be able to heal without surgery.
The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $2,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.
Metro Animal Services, who also helped this dog get the care it needed, is investigating.
Anyone with information is asked to call them at (502) 363-6609.
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