UPDATED: Monday, July 9, 2012 - 5:35pm
WACO -- Across from the Rosemound Cemetery on Garden Drive in Waco, a drainage ditch has become a grave yard of its own.
For the last several weeks the city's waste service manager has received a report of a dead dog dumped on the side of the road.
"A lot of times they're already deceased and they'll go dump them some where, you know, away from their house or you know they're on their last limb and unfortunately they'll dump them while they're still alive," said Officer Luis Leyva, Waco Animal Control.
But in the city of Waco that's illegal.
"You cannot just put anything out on the street or the curb or any unauthorized places," said Larry Holze, City of Waco spokesman.
Apart from being against the law, it's also hazardous.
"It becomes a health issue as well as anything certainly with trash and the litter part of it," said Holze.
Illegal dumping is an arrestable offense but catching those responsible is difficult.
"It's extremely hard if the animal isn't micro-chipped or doesn't have a collar, mainly because a lot of times when they dump them it's after hours, midnight, 2 o'clock in the morning and usually no one is out about that time," said Leyva.
Officials ask everyone to be responsible and dispose of a dead animal properly by calling waste management to come pick it up or even taking it to a pet cemetery.
Leyva said if you see someone illegally dumping an animal, try to get a license plate number and call the local authorities.