An employee at a Dallas apartment complex reported a dried blood trail and stench to police, most likely fearing the worse behind the garage door of unit #1526.
But it wasn't a human body the leasing agent feared could be on the other side of the door -- it was the dog of renter Brianna Burkowski.
Brianna Burkowski (Photo: Dallas County Sheriff's Office via Dallas Morning News)
“Burkowski is known to leave her dog, a mature saint bernard, in the … garage during all hours of the day and night, even when the outside air temperature is approximately 100 degrees," the La Valencia Apartments employee told police, according to the Dallas Morning News.
When police searched the garage, they found the dog, dead and rotting for several days. The 20-year-old admitted to wrapping dead dog in a blanket and storing it in her garage.
An animal control officer determined the dog died from starvation and lack of water and proper shelter.
The La Valencia Apartment Complex. (Photo: www.crestlavalencia.com)
Why did Burkowski keep the dog after he died? The affidavit stated it was "too heavy for her to move."
Burkowski, who was listed as a "stripper" on the police report, according to the Dallas Observer, was taken to jail and faces animal cruelty charges for the malnourished dog. If convicted on these felony charges, she could face up to two years in prison.