Big Coppitt Key – A dog was found dead in the water off Big Coppitt Key Wednesday. It was in a cage and had not been dead for very long.
A man called Sheriff’s Office dispatchers to report finding the dead animal. He said he’d been jogging along Boca Chica Road about 5:30 p.m. when he saw what looked like a cage with an animal in it. It was in the water on the right hand side of the first bridge on the roadway.
Deputy John Gabay responded, along with Florida Keys SPCA Officer Jared Daeffler. They pulled the cage from the water. Inside was a dog, approximately 30 pounds. The dog was tan and white in color with a white belly and was wearing a purple fabric collar. The dog may have been some type of spaniel. It had not been in the water long.
The dog’s body was taken back to the animal control building on Stock Island.
Anyone with information about who the dog may have belonged to, or how the dog wound up in the water should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 289-2351 or FKSPCA at 305-294-4857.