(SN) INVESTIGATORS IN JOHNSTON ARE TRYING TO FIND ANSWERS… AFTER A CASE OF ANIMAL CRUELTY. (HE) A SMALL DOG WAS FOUND IN A BOX — …ABANDONED IN A PARKING LOT. THE ANIMAL HAS SINCE DIED — AND NOW — THE INVESTIGATION INTO WHO LEFT HIM THERE — IS UNDERWAY. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER KIM KALUNIAN HAS THE STORY FROM JOHNSTON AND THE NORTHWEST MOBILE NEWSROOM. [” (KIM ON CAM) THE MAN WHO FOUND THIS DOG SAYS HE SPOTTED IT HERE IN THIS PARKING LOT OFF ATTOWOOD AVENUE IN JOHNSTON .. NOW HE’S HOPEFUL WHOEVER ABANDONED THIS ANIMAL, IS BROUGHT TO JUSTICE. (PKG) AN OUT OF PLACE SIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE JOHNSTON PETSMART EARLY SATURDAY MORNING — Tyler Iannotti And right near the trash can I see a box TYLER IANNOTTI WAS WORKING, SWEEPING THE LOT WITH A PARTNER, WHEN HE SAW THE BOX LABELLED “CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS,” AND WAS STARTLED TO HEAR BARKING COMING FROM INSIDE Tyler Iannotti I go over to open the box, but the box is like, completely tied shut. IANOTTI SLICED OPEN THE BOX AND WAS SHOCKED — THIS DOG — A MALE CHIHUAHUA BELIEVED TO BE UPWARDS OF 7 YEARS OLD, WAS INSIDE Tyler Iannotti It was kind of just horrible. IANNOTTI TOOK THE DOG — VISIBLY SUFFERING — HOME TO HIS FIANCEE Caitlyn Petracca You see it all the time on the news, you know, dog abandoned, but once you see it in a box in your living room, it’s a whole different ball game, it was hard. THEY SOON TOOK THE DOG TO OCEAN STATE VETERINARY CLINIC WHERE IT HAD TO BE EUTHANIZED — THE RISPCA SAYS IT HAD DECAYED TEETH, EYE PROBLEMS AND OTHER SIGNS OF NEGLECT Caitlyn Petracca It was impossible. No money in the world could have saved him. NOW THE SEARCH IS ON FOR WHOEVER LEFT THE DOG IN THIS PARKING LOT — THE RISCPA IS OFFERING A $2,500 REWARD FOR INFORMATION THAT LEAD’S TO AN ARREST — THE PERSON, LIKELY TO FACE A FELONY CHARGE. Caitlyn Petracca I just don’t know where people’s mindsets are at to do this. (END PKG) (KIM ON CAM) AND JOHNSTON POLICE SAY THIS IS AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION, ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS URGED TO CONTACT THEM IMMEDIATELY. IN JOHNWSTON WITH THE MOBILE NEWSROOM, KK EWN.