Police in Winter Haven are asking for the public's help in finding who left a puppy to die in a dumpster.
Authorities say Joshua Wanie found the Rottweiler puppy Wednesday evening outside the Royal Inn.
Wanie was out for a walk when his dog began acting erratically and pulled him toward the dumpster. As Wanie approached, he could hear a faint whimpering sound coming from inside.
Investigators say Wanie searched the dumpster and found the puppy tightly wrapped in three plastic bags. He removed the bags and the puppy began gasping for air.
The puppy then started vomiting and was unable to use his front legs. The puppy was taken to Polk County Animal Control, where he died.
Anyone with information is asked to call Winter Haven police at 863-401-2256.