Authorities are investigating the case of a dog that had to be euthanized after it was found stuffed in a plastic bag with a possible gunshot wound to the head in Key Largo.
The dog, a female pit bull, was found along Gun Club Road early on the morning of July 22, Humane Animal Care Coalition's Marsha Garrettson said.
In addition to the possible gunshot wound, the dog had puncture marks and had it's mouth muzzled with tape, Garrettson said. The man who found her, Daniel Rossler, removed her from the bag and took the tape off her mouth, Garrettson said.
Garrettson was called to the scene by Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies and found the dog lethargic but said it was eating and drinking.
After assessing her head injuries, the dog had to be euthanized, Garrettson said.
"The injuries were so severe that the dog couldn't be saved," she said.
Garrettson said it's likely the pit bull was used in dog fighting and had been shot after it was injured.
"It doesn't look like it was cared for, it doesn't look like somebody's pet," Garrettson said.
The Humane Animal Care Coalition is working with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office to investigate the case, but so far there are no eyewitnesses and no suspects.
"It's a shame that people do that to animals," Garrettson said. "They can't speak for themselves, we're their voice."