Police Searching for Answers After Puppy Was Found in Dumpster

April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM EDT

By Hilary Lane

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April 24, 2013 Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 4:45 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y (WKBW) - The Niagara Falls Police Department is searching for the suspect who dumped a puppy in a dumpster Wednesday.

Police were called when local workers noticed a pitbull in the an outdoor trash bin on 30th and Niagara street in Niagara Falls.

The Niagara SPCA rescued the dog who was underweight, injured, and shaken up.

"She was very swollen, she had some abrasions," said Amy Lewis, Shelter Director at Niagara SPCA. " We are guessing she was struck by a car and I don't know if the person who hit her put her in the garbage can but she was basically thrown away. "

The puppy is now in the care of veterinarians at Companion Care Animal Hospital. She is being treated for cuts, scrapes, and a broken jaw.

During surgery Thursday, the SPCA determined the injuries the puppy sustained were abuse-related rather than from being hit by a car.

After her treatment, she will be placed in a foster home.

The owner of the puppy is unknown at this time.

If you have any information about the case, you are asked to call Niagara SPCA at (716) 731-4368.

The address is:

2100 Lockport Rd
Niagara Falls, NY 14304