"It's ridiculous," Humane Society Police Officer Jan Dillon told WPXI. "I hate to say it, but it would have been better if they let the dog loose; at least it could have tried to get something to eat."
Trooper Stephen Limani told WTAE that authorities found further incriminating evidence on Baker's phone after looking through old text messages. "She had intentionally misled people that were offering to help when it came to taking care of Mia, the dog. She acknowledged the fact that at some point in time, she realized what she was doing, she fully knew it was wrong, and still she put a dog, her dog, in a garbage can."
The 10-month-old pup, renamed Fawna, was in rough shape when she first came in to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County. She weighed only 17 of the 50 pounds a dog her age should weigh, and she was so skinny, the vets weren't even able to draw blood from her for testing purposes.
(Humane Society of Westmoreland County)