Investigators search for owner who left puppy in Md. street

Investigators are searching for the owner who abandoned "Rascal," a 6-month-old pitbull mix, in a crate in the middle of a street in Germantown, Md., on August 4, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services)
Investigators are searching for the owner who abandoned “Rascal,” a 6-month-old pitbull mix, in a crate in the middle of a street in Germantown, Md., on August 4, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services)

"Rascal," a 6-month-old pitbull mix, was found in a crate in the middle of a street in Germantown, Md., on August 4, 2016. Montgomery County Animal Services said he was found covered in his own feces and urine as well as multiple lacerations. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services)
“Rascal,” a 6-month-old pitbull mix, was found in a crate in the middle of a street in Germantown, Md., on August 4, 2016. Montgomery County Animal Services said he was found covered in his own feces and urine as well as multiple lacerations. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services)

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Investigators are searching for the owner who abandoned "Rascal," a 6-month-old pitbull mix, in a crate in the middle of a street in Germantown, Md., on August 4, 2016. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services)
"Rascal," a 6-month-old pitbull mix, was found in a crate in the middle of a street in Germantown, Md., on August 4, 2016. Montgomery County Animal Services said he was found covered in his own feces and urine as well as multiple lacerations. (Courtesy Montgomery County Animal Services)

WASHINGTON — The search is on for the person who left a puppy in a crate in the middle of a street in Germantown, Maryland. Someone found the white and black puppy, a pit bull mix named “Rascal,” in the overnight hours on Staten Court on August 4.

The 6-month-old dog was significantly underweight, covered in lacerations and his own feces and urine, according to Katherine Zenzano with Montgomery County Animal Services.

“It’s absolutely just very disheartening and saddening that there are people in the public that would do something like this to an animal,” Zenzano said.

Animal Services is caring for the animal as investigators search for its owner. The hope is pictures of the dog may lead to the owner who faces a list animal cruelty charges, they said. Those charges could result in fines and jail time for the owner.

Zenzano said the puppy, now called “Rascal,” is recovering. The puppy will be put up for adoption after the investigation.

“He’s a sweetheart and going to be a beautiful dog for somebody,” Zenzano said.

Anyone able to help investigators find the dog’s owner is asked to call Animal Services investigator Angel Ricketts at 240-773-5922.

Mike Murillo

Mike Murillo is a reporter and anchor at WTOP. Before joining WTOP in 2013, he worked in radio in Orlando, New York City and Philadelphia.

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