EATONS NECK, New York (PIX11) – The Suffolk County SPCA has launched an investigation after a lobster trap with a dead dog inside washed up on a private beach.
The trap was found on the sand along Old Winkle Point Drive Tuesday evening. The body was badly bloated, but SPCA officials identified the animal as a pit bull mix wearing a collar.
The corpse had been in the water for at least a few days, officials said. Multiple bricks were found placed in the bottom of the trap.
“Obviously whoever did this the intention was to sink it, but the way it bloated it just brought it up to the surface,” said SPCA Chief Roy Gross. “It’s not certain if the dog was put in alive, it would certainly be disturbing to say the least.”
If that was the case, Gross said, whoever did it would face felony animal cruelty charges and a possible three-year jail sentence.
The SPCA has received numerous tips, including one caller who claimed it was a fisherman who put his dead pet into the trap to give the dog a burial at sea.
Investigators are working to substantiate multiple tips.