Law enforcement officers used fingerprint technology to arrest a man accused of tying up and throwing a little dachshund out the window of his car.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office found the dog on Valentines Day dumped on the side of the road. The dog's paws and mouth were bound with duct tape. The dog was found cold, starving, and possibly had a concussion.
Thankfully, the dog survived and was transported to the animal hospital for treatment. Police were able to arrest a 39-year-old for the abuse thanks to the efforts of crime scene technicians, fingerprint examiners and detectives.
Police say Paul Garcia has been charged with animal abuse and armed criminal action. He was jailed on $50,000 bond. Police believe he drove the dog to Old Highway M where he pulled over and threw the dog out of his window. A deputy later found the dog in a ditch, about 12 hours later.
Police say the dog -known as "Jimmy"- has owners and they are trying to find them and return him.