Pet carrier became Chihuahua puppy’s coffin after left in sweltering heat

On Tuesday morning, a pet carrier became a one-year-old Chihuahua’s coffin after she was found on the property of a Brockton animal shelter. The manager of Animal Protection Center, Joyce Caranci found the female puppy “unconscious and foaming at the mouth.” Temperatures outside had been in the 80s just after 8:00 a.m. when the dog was discovered.

According to CbsBoston, Caranci rushed the dog to the Lloyd Animal Medical Center in Stoughton using an ice pack to help cool her body, but the pup died on the way.

“When I found her, she was already unconscious and foaming at the mouth, but she was breathing faintly and I felt a heartbeat… When I put my hand in the crate, it was hot. Not warm, dog hot. But hot, I don’t want to touch it hot,” stated Caranci.

The dog’s temperature registered at 110 degrees – nine degrees higher than a normal dog’s temperature. She weighed ten pounds, was brown and white and had no identification of microchip. The MSPCA  described the puppy’s coffin as a tan and gray plastic pet carrier with no identification. On the organization’s Facebook page the cause of the pup’s death was noted below her heartbreaking photos:

Someone abandoned a one-year-old female Chihuahua in a carrier outside the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusettsyesterday morning, and the dog tragically died of heat stroke.”

It has been speculated the owner may have intended to surrender the dog to the shelter.  Why someone couldn’t wait to make sure the dog was safe remains a mystery.  The shelter does not have surveillance cameras.

A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible. Anyone with information can call 800-628-5808. Animal cruelty is a felony in Massachusetts and punishable by a maximum of seven years in prison and a fine up to $5,000.

Rest in peace little one.

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