A man and his dog were walking near railroad tracks in Vineland, New Jersey, when they witnessed a horrifying sight. They found a bag wrapped around several other bags that appeared to be moving. After further investigation, the man realized there was a tiny dog inside!
The man and dog duo happened to be in the right place at the right time. Luckily, they knew exactly what to do, and their quick thinking might’ve saved the canine’s life. Now, the dog, whose name is Coco, is taking time to recover and get used to humans as officials search for answers.
Dog in Distress
When the man found Coco, she was in a zipped duffel bag inside two plastic bags. The handles on the plastic bags were also tied shut. All the bags were soaked in urine, so the dog had likely been inside a while. The man knew he had to act fast.
“He immediately picked up the bag and brought it to the shelter. Inside was a young female Chihuahua. She and the bags she was in were soaked with urine,” the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter wrote.
The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter took in Coco and gave her the care she’d been lacking. They posted a video of her coming out of the duffel bag for the first time, and it’s heartbreaking.
In the video, the poor Chihuahua runs away from the humans and struggles to walk at first. Yet, after a little love, it seems like the shelter staff members are able to win her over.
Tiny Dog with a Big Heart
After a long overdue vet checkup, Coco headed off to a loving foster home. Even though many people have expressed interest in adopting the brave pup, she isn’t up for adoption yet. However, there are plenty of other animals in need that are looking for forever homes.
“Coco was visibly shaken and lucky to be alive. Coco will be evaluated by the vet this afternoon,” the shelter wrote. “This horrific act of cruelty has been reported to the Vineland Police Department.”
The shelter is currently offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to Coco’s abuser. If you know anything about Coco’s past, please call the Vineland Police Department at 856-691-4111. The person who did this to her deserves to be punished for almost killing her. She’s lucky there are so many kind humans willing to help her recover after this traumatic abuse.