This pup got another chance at life.
Karen Herrera of Fontana, California, was out for a morning walk when she heard whimpering coming from a garbage bag on the side of the road, according to a news release from the Fontana Police Department. When she opened the bag up, she was alarmed to find a dog inside.
"She was there inside the bag. She was scared and cold," said Herrera told KTLA5. "I patted her on the back of her spine and she started -- she was bleeding."
Herrera called the police, as another person came out to assist her by wrapping a blanket around the pup. The pooch was sent to the General Dog and Cat Hospital in San Bernardino for treatment, and, while there, was discovered to have mange as well as bite marks.
The pup, now named Gladys, has since been recovering at the Sunshine Haven Animal Rescue And Wildlife Rehabilitation. While the group says the pup has made huge strides in her progress, as a result of treatments that include debriding and exfoliating, she isn't completely healed just yet, the rehab center's Facebook page reports.
Sunshine Haven workers suspect that because of the nature of her injuries, Gladys may have been used as an attack dog to train pit bulls in dog fighting, KTLA5 reported.
"When she came in, she was kind of depressed, she was this sad dog that doesn’t move much ... not much activity," Karolyn Verville, owner of Sunshine Haven, told the outlet of the pooch's behavior after sustaining so much abuse.
To date, no arrest has been made with regard to her previous owner.
Luckily, Gladys, who is now receiving a lot of care and attention, is expected to make a full recovery and will be ready for adoption in a few weeks.
"All [she] needs is some love, and someone to love [her]," Herrera said.