Puppy rescued after being thrown from car, tied up in garbage bag on Ohio road

Harlan (WLWT)

MOUNT HEALTHY, Ohio (WLWT) - A rescued puppy is doing better after being found tied up in a trash bag on a road in Ohio.

Investigators believe the dog was thrown from a car and then apparently run over on Tuesday.

Officials at the SPCA of Cincinnati say it’s one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they’ve seen.

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The eight-and-a-half-week-old puppy was left to die in Mount Healthy.

"Your heart aches. This is a living, breathing creature just like you and I so the immediate feeling is disgust, anger, frustration, disappointment,” Nyketa Gaffney of the SPCA of Cincinnati said.

Someone noticed the trash bag Tuesday morning and called police.

The puppy, now known as Harlan, miraculously survived but has two broken legs, one of which may have to be amputated.

"He's joyful. He's bubbly he's doing great despite everything he's been through in the last 24 hours that we've had him,” Gaffney said.

Their focus is on creating a caring environment for Harlan, while police focus on catching who hurt him.

"No one really understands why animal cruelty happens to begin with. It's an unfortunate occurrence in our society and we work toward eliminating that issue. We're here to fight for the voiceless,” Gaffney said.

Harlan is underweight and it will take several weeks before he can be put up for adoption.