The suspect, identified as Paul Garcia, 39, threw the dog from his vehicle in Jefferson County, a Thursday release from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office read. He faces felony animal abuse and armed criminal action charges and was being held on $50,000 bail.
A sheriff’s deputy found the black and brown dog – named “Jimmy" by workers at the hospital where he was taken -- while on patrol Saturday morning.
The dog had been wrapped in duct and electrical tape and was cold, malnourished and may have suffered a concussion. Temperatures were in the teens the night before he was rescued, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The deputy kept the electrical tape, which was then frozen by investigators to lift fingerprints.
Garcia, who was not the dog’s owner, came up as a match. Jimmy is being cared for by Jefferson County Animal Control and investigators are searching for his owner.