TUCSON, Ariz. - Animal Protection Services is investigating a case in which a dog is said to have been left on the side of the road northeast of Tanque Verde Rd. and Bear Canyon Rd.
Buddy, the dog, was found on Sunday, March 4, starving and in a shrink-wrapped cardboard box near Tres Lomas Dr. and Catalina Highway.
A dog was found in a shrink-wrapped cardboard box tossed on the side of the road near Catalina Hwy/Tres Lomas Sunday morning. Inside was a pillow covered in feces and stale dog treats. I spoke with the woman who found him about her mission to find who did this at 10pm @kgun9pic.twitter.com/PeqiqDuV1u
Buddy is a 3-year-old Boston Terrier who is currently in the care of Lil Bit of Love and has received emergency medical care.
Little Bit of Love reports that on Tuesday, the dog took his first two steps since he was found and almost all his vitals are back to normal, but added he still has a long way to go.
"I am on a mission to find out whoever did this to this little guy, and I hope that they will pay, not monetarily but in other ways, I will hope they pay," said Mary Charters, the woman who found the dog.
She says she was walking her friend's dog who sniffed out the box. When she opened it, the box had a pillow covered in feces and stale dog bones. She says it was shrink-wrapped so tight, he was barely able to get air.
"The vet said 30 minutes more, and he wouldn't have made it," she said.
Since Sunday, she has put up signs all over the neighborhood looking for answers and who is responsible.
Her message to the person who did this: "I would say you are not a human being you are not, it is the lowest of low these creatures have so much love to give, and it is unconditional love and to have this baby boy suffer like he suffered is heinous to me."
Charters says if he does get better, she would like to adopt him.
If you have any information or recognize this dog, call Pima Animal Care Center at (520)724-5900.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover Buddy's medical expenses.
A PACC spokesperson says if someone needs animal support services or to surrender an animal, call its Pet Support Center at (520) 724-7222.