A police officer was on patrol one night when he spotted something out of the ordinary. It was a little dog, wrapped in tape and left to die on the side of the road on a cold Missouri evening. Luckily for the dog, his life was about to get much better. It all started when a deputy was patrolling in Jefferson County and made the terrible discovery. He was driving down a desolate, quiet country backroad and he found the dog in a ditch. It’s believed the dog had been there for around 12 hours and he was cold and hungry. Worse yet, his muzzle and paws were tightly bound with tape. That meant the little dachshund was completely helpless—but not hopeless. The deputy rushed the dog (now named Jimmy) to a local animal hospital for help.
No one knew who owned the dog or where he came from, but the quick thinking deputy saved the tape from the dog’s body and took it to the evidence lab. It was there that technicians painstakingly pulled the tape apart and made an incredible discovery: there was a fingerprint on the tape. The print was run through their system and it came back to a man named Paul Garcia. He has been arrested on animal abuse charges for allegedly binding Jimmy with tape and tossing him from a car.
Jimmy is doing quite well despite all he’s been through. The vet caring for him says he’s a little off balance from the fall which causes his head to tilt, but he is happy, his tail wags, and he never misses a meal of food. Animal abuse is a terrible crime, but dogs like Jimmy are so fortunate to have people like the deputy and staff of the Ivan Animal Hospital in Missouri to care for them when they need love the most.