Authorities are searching for someone who left a puppy tied to a plastic shovel to drown on a Los Angeles-area beach.
The body of the brown-and-white terrier mix was found Friday by canoe paddlers at Mother’s Beach in Marina del Rey.
A blue-handled plastic shovel was stuck through the dog’s collar and into the sand, David Carpenter told Fox 11 (KTTV-TV).
“That act of cruelty, to me is unfathomable,” he said.
Authorities suspect the dog was unable to escape as the tide came in, but Carpenter had a different view.
“Either the dog was dead and placed there, which really doesn’t make too much sense,” Carpenter said. “More than likely somebody stuck the shovel through the collar … It’s a children’s shovel, and they had to have held it in place while the animal drowned and then eventually when it succumbed, left it there and walked away,” he said.
There was no word on a motive.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Animal Care and Control were investigating.
The dog had a registration tag, and authorities are seeking the owner.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.