Cops Find Starving Dog After Owner Threw Ball to Chase Then Drove Off

Police in Pennsylvania are searching for the driver who a witness said abandoned a malnourished dog after throwing a ball for it to chase.

Crescent Township Police responded to a call from a local resident on Tuesday evening after they found the dog abandoned near their house. According to officials, the officers "found that the dog was in need of food and water, as well as some love."

In Pennsylvania, if a person fails to provide necessary sustenance and potable water for a dog, it can be classed as neglect which is a summary offense. If it causes bodily injury to the animal, it can be classed as a misdemeanor of the third degree.

The caller told officials that the dog had been dropped off in a dark four-door sedan that could possibly be a new model Chevrolet Impala. According to the witness, the unknown driver pulled into the drive of an abandoned house nearby and let the dog leave the car. They then allegedly threw a ball for the dog to chase, only to drive off before it was able to return.

Beans the dog
Police in Pennsylvania found an abandoned dog who was severely malnourished and brought her in for veterinary care. Beans, seen above, is now doing well and resting. Crescent Township Police Department

Images shared by police showed the frail dog with visible ribs and patches of missing fur.

"The dog was returned to our station, where she consumed two bowls of food and water before laying down for some much-needed rest," the police wrote in a Facebook post.

Now, the dog has been named Beans and is resting at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society in Pittsburgh where she will receive veterinary care. "She was transported to their facility by our officers, where she was treated to peanut butter and some much-needed attention," wrote the police.

Crescent Township Police are asking anyone with information on the abandoned dog of the spotted vehicle to contact them. Knowingly abandoning an animal can come under cruelty to animals in the state of Pennsylvania, which can be a summary offense or a misdemeanor of the second degree if it causes bodily injury.

In February, a dog owner in Virginia was caught on CCTV abandoning a dog just hours away from death. The emaciated dog was found by a security guard at Richmond Animal Care and Control.

The dog had been dumped at 2:36 a.m. and was found seven hours later when the shelter opened. He miraculously "managed not to freeze to death in the seven hours he endured and pulled himself from his hiding spot to the sunshine at 9:30 a.m.," wrote the shelter on Facebook.

Newsweek reached out to the Crescent Township Police Department for comment.