An animal rescue group is now caring for a small dog who was found beaten and left for dead inside a trash bin. The dog nearly lost her eye and her ability to walk.
A couple who heard whimpering sounds Sunday night coming from an apartment complex dumpster in North Dallas found the dog wrapped in a sweatshirt, injured and having trouble breathing.
"When we saw her, I wasn't sure how well she was going to do, even through that first night," said Molly Chance, with Heaven's Helpers Pet Rescue. "She's a fighter."
Chance's rescue group is fostering the Chihuahua until she's well enough to be adopted and pending the outcome of a police investigation. Dallas police confirmed they've opened an animal cruelty case and a possible owner has been identified, but no arrests have been made yet.
According to Heaven's Helpers, a veterinarian determined there were signs the dog was choked. Her eye was bulging out of its socket, and she had trauma to her head and her hind legs.
"I have a hard time with my anger about it," Chance said. "There's no excuse and no reason to ever put a dog through what she went through."
The dog was micro-chipped, and an owner was contacted by the vet, Chance said, but the owner hung up the phone. NBC 5 attempted to reach the woman at her home near the trash Dumpster, but there was no answer at the door.
Chance named the dog Sparrow. After multiple visits to the vet, Sparrow is doing better. Her eye is healing and she's walking more. Chance says she's an older dog with a sweet temperament.
"Someone threw her away like garbage, and yet there's a waiting list of people that want to have her in their home," Chance said. "We're really happy for her. And we're happy to see this outcome."