A heartbreaking case of animal abuse in Rossville Georgia has a dog owner issuing a warning.
A Pomeranian named Bella is recovering this evening after being left to die.
News 12's Nordia Epps has the story of a fortunate rescue.
Despite a harrowing ordeal...Bella...is one lucky dog.
Courtney Campbell, Bella's Owner, "This is the bag and it had rope tied around it triple knotted and this bag even smells like this hasn't been the first time."
Her owner Courtney Campbell showed us where she found Bella Tuesday morning...five houses down from her home in the Emerald Heights neighborhood.
The Pomeranian had been missing since the day before.
Campbell, "I just thought before I went to work I wanted to do another look, so I got out and I just heard her bark and I followed it all the way back here and who would've thought."
There was no need for thought...her eyes revealed a horrifying sight...Bella bound and bagged.
Campbell, "Tied up and the rope was placed like this and she was then placed behind this fence, tossed over to suffocate pretty much."
Doctor Robert Knarr says she showed up in the nick of time.
Dr. Robert Knarr, East Ridge Animal Hospital, "Very lucky dog cause she could have definitely gone into heat stroke, very easily had kidney failure, liver failure and actually even neurological failure if the heat got up high enough."
He says Bella arrived here at East Ridge Animal Hospital dehydrated with other signs of heat stroke.
It's not the first time he's seen this type of abuse.
Dr. Knarr, "We've had kittens that we found that people have thrown in the bags and thrown in the dumpsters that people brought in. "
What happened to Bella has her owner worried and scared.
Campbell, "I don't feel safe. There's somebody around here who absolutely did, intentionally did this."
She's scared that that someone will do it again...to another 4-legged family member...or maybe even one with two legs.
In Rossville Nordia Epps WDEF News 12.
Campbell made a report with the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office, but investigators say they can't do much without a witness.
If you know anything about this animal abuse case call the Sheriff's Office.