UPDATE: The eyewitness has clarified to the Pocono Record some of the information originally reported by AWSOM. Destiny was found lying on top of the plastic bag, not inside, but would not allow the bicyclist, Dan Whitehead, to approach her. His wife brought food that they threw to her, which she ate. They then contacted AWSOM who came for her. No one knew until they returned today, that there was what appears to be a Yorkie mix dead inside the bag that Destiny was lying on until they picked it up, felt it was heavy, and ripped it open. The police and SPCA were called. They have the dog's remains and are now investigating.
The acts of cruelty against innocent animals are unending.
The Animal Welfare Society of Monroe (A.W.S.O.M.), a no-kill shelter in Stroudsburg, PA, reported that a good Samaritan riding his bike contacted them after finding a dog tied up in a trash bag and left in the woods to die near the A.W.S.O.M. shelter. It is unknown how long this female dog, dubbed Destiny, survived without air, food, or water. (Please see update).
She was emaciated, dehydrated, shivering from the cold, and was no doubt very scared. She was heartlessly left there to die a slow and painful death. Unfortunately on a return trip to the area today, a second dog, a Yorkie, was found tied inside the garbage bag Destiny was lying on, but sadly was no longer alive. The police were called and are now investigating.
Her abuser could have at least dropped her off at the outdoor shelter kennel during or after shelter hours, where she would have received help much sooner. Instead this person chose to heartlessly abandon her in the woods to die a slow death.
Obviously, there was no regard for her life whatsoever.
Thankfully Destiny is now safe, fed, and warm, and will receive the quality care from A.W.S.O.M. that she needs to recuperate from her abuse. They will show her love so she will know that not all humans are heartless and out to hurt her. She will be evaluated today at the vet for any underlying physical problems.
Once again, there is a search for the person responsible. Someone must be held accountable for this heinous crime.
Please contact the police at (570) 421-6800 if you have any info that can help them by identifying either of the dogs, their owners, or the person responsible for this cruelty.
A.W.S.O.M. has a Yelp for Help Fund that is set up for abused, neglected, and abandoned animals in their care. Anyone interested in making a donation for Destiny can do so at their website.
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