Suitcase with dead pit bull found floating canal likely not a case of animal cruelty, police say

Police say the mystery surrounding a suitcase with a dead pit bull found floating in a canal late Wednesday afternoon apparently has been solved.
 
The discovery was made by an employee around 5 p.m. at "Lotta Boat" rentals at 100 14th Avenue South.
 
A name on the suitcase led officers to the address of a St. Petersburg woman who said she had discarded the suitcase in a dumpster about six months ago.
 
On Thursday, police learned the dog, Beloved, apparently belonged to a mentally disabled couple, Samuel Orsini and Gina Glass.
 
According to a police statement, Orsini was walking the dog a few days ago when she got loose and was hit by a white vehicle on Fourth Street.
 
Orsini carried the dog to the couple's apartment.
 
They contacted an animal welfare agency. They were told it would cost $55 for the agency to take custody of the dead animal.
 
When they went to bury the dog on the property at their apartment complex, they were refused by the landlord who told them to put the dog in a dumpster.
 
They decided instead to put the animal in the "lake" which they said was Beloved's favorite spot.
 
The dog was placed in a garbage bag and then in a blue suitcase they found in a dumpster.
 
They then tried to submerge the suitcase in the canal by partially filling it with water.
 
Police were awaiting the results of a necropsy to confirm the information.

 

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