ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) - Roswell police are investigating a gruesome discovery: the head of a tiny dog was found cut off and dumped in a city alley.
Police officials say it's a clear case of animal cruelty, but they still haven't been able to track down the dog's body.
"Just to see an animal like that dead hurt," said Roswell resident Alfred Gamboa.
Gamboa and his wife Better say they're still startled by the discovery they made Thursday.
"I came to throw some trash in the Dumpster, and I turned my head to the right and I noticed what looked like a little dog with his head cut off," said Gamboa.
Roswell Animal Control officers say the dog's head was found in the alley behind Bonney Street around 3 p.m.
"Amazement would probably be the closest thing," said Roswell Animal Control Officer Andrew Gross. "I wasn't horrified or anything just because of the nature of the job, but it wasn't normal."
Gross says what makes the case especially abnormal is the fact he and his officers could only find the Chihuahua's head, nothing else.
"In the alley when we patrolled and checked all the Dumpsters there was no other parts of the animal out there at all, no blood, no trace of anything," said Gross. "The head was just thrown in the alley behind his house."
He says it appeared the dog's head had been cut off with some sort of weapon.
"There was mud and dirt stuck to it. I mean to me it looked like a fairly clean cut," said Gross.
The case has neighbors like the Gamboas wondering and worried about protecting their own dogs.
"It broke his heart because he's a dog lover, and he just took it to heart, and it bothered him all day long that he was the one to find it," said Gamboa's wife Betty.
According to animal control the dog's head has been taken to a local veterinarian to find out what might have been used to decapitate the Chihuahua.
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