The law enforcement department of the MSPCA is asking for the public’s help after a young Chihuahua mix died from heat stroke Tuesday morning after being abandoned inside a dog carrier in Brockton.
The dog was found “trapped” in the container around 8:10 a.m. about halfway up the driveway for the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts in Brockton, the animal welfare agency said in a statement.
By the time the brown and white dog was found by Joyce Caranci, the manager of the Brockton shelter, the air temperature was already in the 80s, according to the MSPCA.
“When I found her, she was already unconscious and foaming at the mouth, but she was breathing faintly and I felt a heartbeat, so I immediately brought her to the Lloyd Animal Medical Center in Stoughton, but she died on the way,” Caranci said.
The MSPCA said the 10-pound dog’s temperature was 110 degrees — the highest possible reading the thermometer could register.
The pup was about a year-and-a-half old, wore no tags, and was not microchipped, according to the MSPCA. There were no labels or identifiers on the carrier.
“This is a shocking instance of animal cruelty in which a young dog suffered an agonizing and totally preventable death — and we’re asking for the public’s help in bringing whoever is responsible for this to justice,” MSPCA law enforcement officer Nadya Branca said in a statement.
The agency, which is leading the investigation, is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to a conviction in the case. Anyone with information is being urged to contact the law enforcement department at 800-628-5808.