Sunset Beach PD investigating after dead dog pulled from water

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SUNSET BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating after a fisherman found a dead dog stuffed in a backpack in the Intracoastal Waterway Saturday.

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The Sunset Beach Police Department says officers responded to the NC Wildlife boat ramp after a person who was magnet fishing on the fishing pier pulled a brown backpack out of the waterway.

The backpack had been weighted down with dumbbells, and a dead black and brown female pit bull had been stuffed inside, SBPD says.

Police believe the dog had been in the water for no more than a day or two.

If you have any information, please contact Sunset Beach PD at (910) 579-2151, or by calling 911 and requesting to speak to an officer.