OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- A disturbing find was discovered in a metro neighborhood, after a mutilated animal was left in a family's mailbox.
It was your typical Saturday in Valencia, until the Long family decided to check their mail.
"My husband came out Saturday night to get the mail," explained Emily Long. "He's like, 'there's a toad in the mailbox.'"
That mailbox has been scrubbed a time or two since then, but Saturday it truly was a bloody mess.
"There's a toad, it's a toad, and there is blood all over," said Long. "Two broken legs, and a broken pelvis, and he's got a big laceration on his belly."
It was a truly a jarring, disgusting discovery that neighbors say they've seen before.
"Apparently we have kids in the neighborhood that are killing the turtles in the ponds," said Sharon Compise, who lives nearby. "I want it to stop, this is a nice neighborhood."
"There is a lot of animals that roam here, and I'm afraid that people's pets are gonna be next," said Long.
There is a glimmer of good news though. The toad stuffed inside the mailbox was found bruised, bloody, broken, and alive.
"Took him inside, put him in a box, put a blanket on him," said Long. "He actually stayed in my garage, and then Sunday morning we were able to get him to WildCare."
The toad has been moved to Noble, Oklahoma to be with the WildCare Foundation, whose mission is to help get animals on the road to recovery.
It's a road the little toad never would've found, had it not been for the Long's checking their mail in the nick of time.
"Luckily for this toad, he ended up in the right mailbox," said Emily.
Representatives with WildCare say: 'With medication and lots of 'bed' rest, we hope to see a full recovery, but for this critical patient to reach recovery, it will be a long road for a toad.'