Police continue to search for man who threw puppy in pond

Police continue to search for man who threw puppy in pond


by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 25, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 8:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police are looking for a man who witnesses say tried to drown a puppy in a lake off Nevin Road in Charlotte last week.

Matthew Schmidt lives across from the lake and saw a car pull to a stop and then turn around in his driveway last Thursday evening.

"Nobody barely drives down this road, not to mention turns around in the driveway," said Schmidt.

So, Schmidt went down to see what was going on.

"And I heard a splash, a really loud splash, and it scared me," he said.

The driver of the car got back inside and took off.

"I came running down, not knowing if he put a dead body or something else in there," said Schmidt.

What he found was a three or four-month-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix.  The dog had a fractured front left leg that will have to be amputated.

The animal also had a spinal injury and an injury to its skull where it appeared someone had hit it with something.

Alan Soder and Allie Scott are now fostering the dog for the American Pit Bull Foundation.

"You almost have to look at the doctor's report to believe that she has been through what she has been through," said Soder.

Everyone is calling her Lotus now, for the flower that comes up out of the water.

"She is the sweetest dog we've ever met," said Soder.

Schmidt said the suspect was driving a light-colored, four-door sedan, possibly a BMW or a Mercedes.  It had no plates on it but it did have a paper tag from a dealership with a red circular emblem in the center.