FT. PIERCE, Fla. - It all started with an anonymous tip, telling St. Lucie County Animal Control Officers, that a dog had just been thrown into a canal near Taylor Dairy Rd.
"When we got here, we saw that the dog was in the water and there was no way for him to get up," said Ricardo Pellot, an Animal Control Officer.
The dog was malnourished, clawing at the bank of the alligator infested canal. "He was scared. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body," said Pellot.
At great risk to his own safety, Pellot rushed to help the panicked pooch. "I went down, through the woods, until I could get a pole on him, and I pulled him up," said Pellot.
The wounds on the animals front and hind legs tell the tragic story of this dog's past. "He might have been somebody's bait dog, or somebody's fighting dog. He probably didn't win, so they more than likely, threw him off, into the water.," said Pellot.
Just this week, Animal Control Officers have rescued four dogs in the area -- all of them appear to have been dumped in the same manner. "One of them had an imbedded collar, and real long gash around it's neck," said Pellot.
Animal Control Officers say they would love to put a stop to this behavior, but they can't do it without a little more help from the community.
"You have to catch them in the act, and unless we get tips from their neighbors or people driving by that see something that just doesn't look right," said Pellot.
The rescued dog is now in the care of the St. Lucie County Humane Society. After a thorough check up and evaluation, animal control officers are optimistic about his chances for adoption.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call (772) 461-0687.