NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Jessamine county animal control officers say it's one of the most disturbing cases they've seen.
"We get a lot of calls for malnourished, starving, but we never really have encountered a torture situation," said Mike Cassidy, of Jessamine County Animal Control.
The person who owns the property found the black Pomeranian Saturday afternoon after he noticed a canoe out of place near the pond. They say someone duct taped a dog's leash to a rock and left the dog on the ice, apparently hoping the rock would break through the ice and drown the dog. The ice didn't break, though, and it appears the person shot and killed the dog.
"It's hard for those officers that respond out to have to see an animal in that situation. If this plays out like we think it did, it takes a really sick person to do something like that,"
Animal Control officials say a microchip they found on the dog gave them some information they hope will be useful.
The dog was last registered to a woman in elizabethtown named Julie land. They're trying to get in touch with her, not because they think she had anything to do with this, but in case she's missing her little black dog.
"There's a lot of possibilities it could be. The dog could have been stolen from the owner and they don't know about this. That's why we're wanting to contact her and let her know that this has happened," Cassidy said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jessamine County Animal Care and Control at 859-881-0821.