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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 11, 2015) – A dog is recovering at the Muncie Animal Shelter after a utility worker found her in the backyard of a home. Employees of the Muncie Animal Shelter named her Katniss. She was thin and needed immediate attention.

A second dog at the home died of hypothermia.

“The dog was so frozen it took three days for the veterinarian to thaw the dog to perform the autopsy,” Muncie Animal Shelter Director Phil Peckinpaugh said.

The Muncie Police Department is investigating, as well as the Muncie Animal Shelter. They are looking for the owner of the dogs.

“I think that people just don’t care. They don’t care. There are cruel people. It’s hard for me to imagine, you know, how you can let it happen,” Peckinpaugh said.

The utility worker who found both dogs was at the home last week to shut off the power. The home is located on East Highland Avenue in Muncie.

“She (Katniss) has some broken teeth where she was chewing on a hard surface like a cage or something like that or digging into the snow and hit (the) ground and was trying to find food. It’s hard to say how her teeth are in horrible shape,” Peckinpaugh said.

If anyone would like to adopt Katniss, you can call (765) 747-4851.

“She has some behavioral issues that an owner would need to work out, but other than that she’d make a great pet for a family (and) someone who is committed to really putting in the time and effort she deserves,” Peckinpaugh said.