Sick dog left for dead after being tossed out to garbage on Indy’s east side

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A tiny chihuahua is getting the help she needs after being tossed out to the garbage. The dog was found lying by the trash on the east side of Indianapolis and is described to be in bad health.

Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco store's assistant manager Holly McGlothlin says someone dumped their pet chihuahua next to the trash in front of the store. She says the dog looks sickly.

“They have no heart at all. No heart, no soul, no anything," McGlothlin said.

A customer found the small chihuahua inside a tiny cardboard box with a dog bed in it and a sweater on that read, “I’m with the human.”

"Which didn’t make any sense to me since, you’re the one that threw this dog away like trash," Holly McGlothlin said.

McGlothlin got in touch with Chihuahua Rescue Indiana. Volunteer Angie Allen noticed a knot her stomach.

"She’s probably got maybe a cancerous tumor on her. She’s very fragile," said Allen.

Allen says the dog is at least 13 years old, underweight, and has dental issues.

"Maybe an assumption would be that the owner couldn’t take care of her medical needs," Allen said.

Allen says dumping your pet is inexcusable, and if employees at Low Bob’s didn’t bring her inside from the cold she would’ve died.

"It’s absolutely wrong. The dog could’ve died if I didn’t find it, and there’s numerous resources out there if you can not keep your animal. There’s no need to throw it away like trash," McGlothlin said.

McGlothlin named the dog Precious, and lucky for Precious, she’ll have a fighting chance because Chihuahua Rescue Indiana will be taking care of her medical needs.

The rescue group caring for Precious says they’re trying to figure out who left her next to the trash can.

There are several options for pet owners to surrender their pets without throwing them out.

One option is getting in touch with Indy CARES.

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