GRAPHIC: Dead dog left to rot along roadway four days

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A case of animal cruelty raises concerns for drivers who travel along a busy city street.

The rotting carcass of an abused pit bull has been decaying along S.W. 44th for four days.

The dog's body is tied to a tire.

The tire and carcass are sitting on the sidewalk in the path of children who walk to school at a nearby elementary.

The calls started coming in to OKC Animal Welfare on Monday evening.

Joshua Rosino called the agency on Tuesday.

Rosino said he was shocked that the animal still hadn't been picked up by Thursday morning.

"I think that the person that did it should be fined and go to jail," he said. "The dog didn't do anything wrong. It's not the dog's fault. The owner should spend some time on the tire himself.

Rosino drives by the carcass every day on his way to and from work.

Animal Welfare supervisor, Sheridan Lowery, admits that the dog should have been picked up sooner.

The hours for the officer assigned to pick-up duty have recently been cut.

According to Animal Welfare, the dog they have opened an animal cruelty case.

Tuesday Oklahoma City Police went to the scene, a front yard near S.W. 44th and Land.

"Their notes on the case indicate they spoke with the homeowner and he doesn't own any animals," Lowery said. "He's not real sure where the animal came from. So at this point the case may not go to far."

If you have information about this case or others, call OKC Animal Welfare at (405) 297-2255.

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