Officials are investigating after a dog was found floating in a canal with a chain and cinder block around its neck off Long Island.
A homeowner in West Islip spotted the dog near Secatogue Lane East and Bay Fifth Street, according to the Suffolk County SPCA. The homeowner contacted the local animal shelter, who in turn contacted the SPCA.
The dog is a black and tan female Rottweiler mix, believed to be about 7 years old.
There was no sign of trauma on the dog, the SPCA said. Investigators are looking into whether it was already dead before it was put in the water, perhaps for a burial at sea.
Neighbors were skeptical.
"It's hard to believe someone would dump them in the canal like that," said Gerard Cereola.
Cindy Sheehan said "there are ways to dispose of animals in a respectful way, and that's not it. It's very disturbing, and it's sad."
A necropsy will be performed to determine if foul play was involved.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Suffolk County SPCA.
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