Search On for Man Who Threw Puppy in N. Charlotte Pond
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A pit bull puppy is getting plenty of kisses and cuddles now, but just days ago, her life was a much sadder story. For starters, veterinarians say she has a head injury. "They think that, as crazy as it sounds, that somebody may have hit her in the head with a shovel," says her foster care provider Alan Soden.
The dog also has a spinal injury, a pelvic fracture and a severely fractured elbow that will require amputation. Dr. Heather Meyers at Carolina Pets Animal Hospital is treating the animal. She says, "Dogs do quite well with three legs, they can get around quite well."
The dog was discovered by north Charlotte resident Matthew Schmidt a few days ago after she was thrown into a pond near his house. He was inside making dinner when he says a car drove by really slowly, pulled into his driveway, parked outside the yard's fence and turned the lights off.
The guy didn't say a word to Schmidt; just closed his trunk and drove off. Schmidt hopped the fence and made his way to the water's edge. He says, "She (the dog) was just starting to poke her head up over the little bank."
Now, police are looking for the guy who threw the dog in the pond. Schmidt says he was African-American, in his 20s, maybe 6'3", 165 pounds. He had no facial hair. He was driving a light colored (maybe gray, tan or sky blue), mid 90s luxury four door sedan (maybe BMW, Mercedes or Lexus). It also had an unusual tag. "It had a dealer advertisement tag on the back that was all white and had a red circle emblem in the center of it," says Schmidt.
In the meantime, "Lotus" as she's now called, is lapping up some much deserved attention. Meyers says, "She's quite incredible."
Call the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 if you have any info about what happened to the dog. You don't have to give your name. If you'd like to apply to adopt Lotus or or help pay for her vet bills, go to www.americanpitbullfoundation.com.