WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJW) -- Sheriff's deputies are investigating a report of six Chihuahuas being thrown from a moving car in Allegan County, Michigan, last week.
Only one of the six dogs survived. They've named her "Lucky Lulu."
The 2- to 3-year-old Chihuahua is now in the care of a local pet rescue, waiting to be adopted.
Witnesses said they saw the dogs thrown from a moving minivan along the 400 block of 124th Avenue, near 4th and 5th streets, around 4:30 p.m. Jan. 29. They said the Honda Odyssey from which the dogs were thrown was headed west on 124th.
“They were beyond help by the time they got their vehicle stopped and turned around,” Allegan County Undersheriff Mike Larsen said.
The witnesses told investigators they took all six dogs home and buried the five who died.
They took Lulu to Pet Klips, a Wayland pet groomer Tuesday. The groomer also runs a pet rescue, and convinced them to call police.
“I can't speak to why they chose to wait so long, but they are cooperating now,” said Larsen, who adds investigators are still trying to verify the witnesses' story.
One suspect, the minivan driver, is described as a thin white man in his 20s to 30s with missing teeth and dark, curly hair. The woman passenger is described as a thin white woman in her 20s to 30s with blond hair and missing teeth.
Suspects in the case could face felony animal cruelty charges.