Dead dog found in weighed-down backpack in waterway at NC island

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The backpack in which the dog was discovered. Photo from Sunset Beach police.

SUNSET BEACH, N.C. (WECT) – Police are currently investigating the death of an animal that was found in the water off Sunset Beach.

According to the Sunset Beach Police Department, officers responded to a call at the North Carolina Wildlife boat ramp on Saturday in which a person who was fishing made an unsettling discovery.

The person pulled a backpack out of the waterway and discovered an emaciated black and brown female pit bull who had been stuffed inside.

The backpack had been weighed down with dumbbells with the dog appearing to have been in the water for a day or two.

Police posted this statement on Facebook:

“Yesterday, our officers responded to a call at the NC Wildlife boat ramp in which a subject who was magnet fishing on the fishing pier, pulled a backpack out of the waterway. The backpack had been weighted down with dumbbells, and an emaciated black and brown female pit bull had been stuffed inside. The dog appeared to have been in the water for no more than a day or two. “

Police later said they “gave the dog a proper burial on town property.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Sunset Beach Police Department at 910-579-2151.

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