An old, unwashed, possibly injured dog was found in a box outside Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza restaurant at about 10:40 a.m. Sunday, but it wasn't saved—a veterinarian concluded it was in such poor shape that it should be euthanized.
Darien police gave this account of the incident:
Shortly before 10:40 a.m., someone found the dog, a mixed-breed male beagle, in a black plastic bag, covered by a cardboard box near a fence by the dumpsters in the back of the pizza restaurant at 319 Post Rd.
The dog was not only old and dirty, but it appeared to be injured because it wasn't able to move. Police found no tags or collar on the dog, which was brown and white.
"It appears that the dog had been at the location for several hours or more," police said in a news release. (Snow didn't start falling until about noon on Sunday, but it was a cold morning, with temperatures in the 30s.)
The police officer took the dog to a veterinary hospital for an evaluation. The veterinarian there concluded that, given the dog's very poor condition, the most appropriate course of action was to euthanization.