Police are trying to track down an animal abuser. A man is accused of nearly drowning a puppy in Charlotte. The 5-month-old pit bull has injuries that show consistent abuse throughout her short life.
The puppy was given to a rescue group Sunday to continue her recovery. Eventually, she will be adopted out.
"It was gut wrenching," Matthew Schmidt said.
Schmidt saw a car pull up to the small lake by his home near Alpine Lane and Nevin Road. He says the driver was acting strange. But it wasn't until the man drove away that Schmidt found out why.
"I heard a lot of leaves and water splashing around and then she crawled up," Schmidt said.
A small puppy was trying to get out of the water. Eyewitness News went through the police report and found the suspect had tried to drown the already injured pup. Schmidt and his girlfriend grabbed towels to get the 5-month-old puppy warm while they called police.
"She has a fractured pelvis," Sara Enos, with the American Pit Bull Foundation, said. "She also has a broken front limb. Her elbow joint is thoroughly messed up."
Enos will be picking up the small pit bull from Animal Control tomorrow, and will be getting her treatment for injuries she had before the near drowning.
"It's apparent that this puppy has sustained a lot of abuse," Enos said. "This wasn't just a one-time event."
Police are still looking for the abuser.
Police say the suspects vehicle is a sky blue BMW or Mercedes with a dealer tag with a red circular emblem on it. Police say the suspect is tall, about 6'2" and skinny with short dreads.
"He's 100 percent the type of person that is the reason that these dogs have the problems that they do," Schmidt said. "It is not an animal issue. It's a human issue."
Eyewitness News was told by advocates for this puppy, they're thinking about naming her Lotus, since the flower grows in muddy water, but rises up and blossoms.