DeSoto deputies search for who left puppy to suffocate in plastic bag

Thursday, a corporal with the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office rescued an abandoned puppy tied inside a plastic bag. Now, DCSO is looking for who is responsible for leaving this “friendly, fun-loving pup” to suffocate.

Corporal Plymale was in the area of SW Hillsborough Ave. when he was flagged down about the dog. He responded to Union Cemetery, where he found Bouncer, the pitbull puppy, left for dead.

Becky Paulk loves her dog. She says her pup helped her heal when her son died.

“That little girl made us a family again,” Paulk said. “She made me a mom again.”

Paulk couldn’t help but cry when she heard a living puppy was tied up in a plastic bag at the cemetery next to her home.

“It’s terrible; it’s terrible,” Paulk said. “I could not imagine anybody ever doing anything like that.”

We spoke exclusively to the man who initially found Bouncer. He chose to remain anonymous on camera but told us he discovered the dog just as Plymale was driving nearby in his patrol car, flagging him down for help.

DCSO is taking care of Bouncer while they try to track down the person who left him in a graveyard to suffocate.

The good Samaritan said there is always a better way to give up a pet than leaving it to die, and said there is always someone else looking to take care of a dog like Bouncer.

Anyone with information regarding this case can contact the corporal at the sheriff’s office or DeSoto County Animal Control.

Anyone interested in leaving an anonymous tip can visit

Reporter:Sydney Persing
Writer:Jack Lowenstein
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