The Frankfort Police Department is investigating an animal cruelty case after finding an abandoned 5-week-old puppy.
Frankfort Sewer Department employees Tuesday morning discovered an abandoned puppy on Kentucky Avenue, according to a Thursday press release.
Employees said they saw a 5-foot-2-inch to 5-foot-6-inch white female with blonde hair and slender build in a parked silver Chevrolet SUV near the entrance to the plant, according to the release.
Employees said the woman got out of the vehicle carrying a box, which she left on the bank of the Kentucky River.
When employees retrieved the box, they found a female Chihuahua puppy inside.
A veterinary examination determined the puppy was 5 weeks old and most likely would have died if left in the box.
The Franklin County Humane Society took in the puppy, and has placed it in a foster care home. One of the sewer department employees who found her is planning to adopt her, according to the Humane Society’s Facebook page.
Police declined to identify any suspects Friday morning, but WLEX-TV reported the woman in question is Stephanie Shelton Cooper.
Officers are currently investigating the incident and ask anyone with information to call 502-875-8523.
Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers at 502-875-8648, or online at frankfortcrimestoppers.com. Anonymous tips can also be sent via text message to 274637 (CRIMES) by typing FCS and then the message.
Crime Stoppers may pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.