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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Lexington Animal Care and Control is investigating a horrific case of animal neglect. They reached out to Crime Stoppers to find the man who dumped a dead dog in a dumpster on the city’s northside Thursday morning.

“If this is an intentional act, this can be charged as a felony for animal cruelty,” said Sgt. Aaron Evans with Lexington Animal Care and Control.

Where the investigation goes next depends on the reason a man seen on surveillance video gives for hoisting a crate holding the remains of a dead dog, into a dumpster off Russell Cave Road.

“This dog was extremely emaciated. You can come to the conclusion that it died a slow, painful death.”

Investigators said she was a pit mix, weighing only about 15 pounds. A long way from the 45-50 pounds she should’ve been. A necropsy is now underway to figure out exactly why she died.

“The smell was not just a dead dog. It was urine and feces and cigarette smoke,” Evans said.

If there are others like her at the home where she came from, investigators want to find out sooner rather than later.

“We want to know if there are any other pets that this person has.

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The man was driving an older model, red, Ford truck with damage to the driver’s side panel. If you know who he is, call the Crime Stoppers tip line at 859-253-2020 or go online to p3tips.com.