Austin Police need your help in an animal cruelty case detectives describe as one of the worst they have seen in quite some time. Early Friday morning, around 3:30 a.m. a worker found an injured dog abandoned in a business park. The dog was wearing a pink collar and was sitting next to a metal cage on the side of the road.
The worker called police who came to the scene in the 2200 block of Investment Drive.
"This is a pretty serious case," said APD Detective Tim Diven who is assigned to the animal cruelty unit.
Diven says so far they have no leads to follow in this case. The two year old pit bull did not have a microchip or a dog tag leaving no record of her anywhere. Right now, they don't even know her name.
The dog was friendly with officers when they arrived at the scene. "She obviously had someone at some point love her and take care of her. We don't know why they abandoned her and did this to her," said Diven.
The pit bull was badly injured along her left side. Most of the skin was removed. Diven believes she was either dragged by a car or possibly burned by chemicals.
The priority in the investigation is to figure out who the dog belongs to. They could be facing abandonment charges and possibly even cruelty charges.
Police say they were unable to pick up any fingerprints off the metal cage. Surveillance cameras in the area do not point directly at the street.
Diven believes the dog was dropped off sometime Thursday night after most of the businesses in the area had shut down for the day.
If you have any information that can help police call 512-978-0523.