“A Horrible act”: Deputies seek animal cruelty suspect who left dog in plastic bag, covered in tape

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding the person responsible for what they’re calling a “horrible act of animal cruelty.”

According to the sheriff’s office, a dog was found Saturday behind a shopping plaza at the intersection of Forest City Rd. and Kennedy Blvd.

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Please help us catch the person or people who committed this horrible act of animal cruelty. This is Petal. On July...

Posted by Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida on Thursday, July 22, 2021

Deputies say the dog, named Petal, was in a plastic bag, sitting in the sun on hot pavement with her mouth duct taped shut and all of her paws taped together.

Orange County Animals Services and Poodle and Pooch rescue of Florida responded to the scene to assist Petal, but it wasn’t clear if she would survive.

An exam revealed Petal was extremely weak and malnourished with serious infections in both her eyes.

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🚨 Petal Pupdate 🚨 We have good news! Petal is eating well and the IV fluids have helped her immensely. She’s even moving around now and able to walk a little on her own! This may not seem like much, but when she came to us on Saturday, she couldn’t even sit on her own, let alone stand or walk. We did a happy dance when we got this video. 😍 She still needs loads of TLC and good nutrition. Her blood sugar looks better today, and they continue to hydrate her through an IV and feed her small meals often (which she is a big fan of). She is blind (may see some shadows) and likely deaf. And while she's responding well to treatment, she’s still very much afraid of human touch. Our heart just breaks imagining what she went through. The staff at East Orlando Animal Hospital says she’s a fighter and we told her that she has a whole bunch of people behind her wishing her well. 💕

Posted by Poodle and Pooch Rescue of Florida on Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Petal has since begun to improve, but the sheriff’s office is still looking for the person responsible for abusing her.

They’re asking anyone with information on the case to call Central Forida Crimeline at 800-423-8477.