Police look for two who left injured dog for dead outside Pets Inc.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the community’s help in identifying a man and woman who dropped off a badly injured dog at an area animal rescue center Sunday. The dog later had to be euthanized, officials say.

The two left the dog, a small male pit bull, unattended at the Pets, Inc., at 300 Orchard Drive, in West Columbia, Lexington County Sheriff Lewis McCarty said in a statement released Sunday.

An employee at the nonprofit found the dog hiding in a doghouse outside the rescue center, which was not opened when the dog was left. The employee reported the incident to the sheriff’s department and told deputies that she took the dog to a veterinarian. The veterinarian determined that the dog could not recover from its injuries and had to euthanize the animal.

The employee could not provide details of the man and woman’s physical description but told deputies the two drove away in a white sport-utility vehicle.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803)785-8230 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Mindy Lucas