The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region says the "Good Samaritan" who reported seeing a puppy thrown out of a car window is now the prime suspect in injuring the animal.
The man said he saw the puppy thrown out of a car window at 535 Garden of the Gods Road at about 7:45 a.m. Friday.
"Animal Law Enforcement officers spent the day investigating the case, including reviewing surveillance video from security cameras in the area where the witness claimed to have picked the puppy up," read a press release from the Humane Society. "Over the course of the investigation, officers perceived discrepancies in the story reported by the witness. The witness is now the prime suspect in the case. Officers are attempting to piece together what caused the severe internal injuries and trauma that resulted in the puppy's death."
Veterinary staff worked for several hours to save the 4-month-old blue merle Australian cattle dog puppy.
"Veterinary staff in HSPPR's surgery center immediately attempted to manage the puppy's pain and stabilize her. She had blood in her chest and was coughing up blood. The team did a chest tap to remove air and blood leaking into her chest cavity and used an oxygen tent to help her breathe. Despite efforts, due to the extent of her internal injuries, she didn't survive," said the statement.
Anyone who might have information about this case is asked to call 719-473-1741.