VINELAND, N.J. (WPVI) — PETA is offering an additional $5,000 reward after a six-pound Chihuahua was found gasping for air in a discarded bag near train tracks in Vineland, New Jersey.

The South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter said 1-year-old Coco would have died if it hadn’t been for a bystander.

“When she came out of the bag, she was clearly out of breath and had been without oxygen for enough time to wreak havoc on her,” said Jessica Morrison, director of operations for the South Jersey Regional Animal Shelter.

Coco was found by a man walking his dog over the weekend along the train tracks on the 500 block of Christel Ave in Vineland.

Coco was reportedly discovered inside a sports bag, which was placed inside a plastic bag tied inside a cloth shopping bag. Shelter staff say it was intentional.

After a medical evaluation, Coco showed no signs of abuse other than being visibly shaken, the shelter said. She is now recovering in foster care.

“It’s remarkable that, as traumatic as it was, it didn’t shake his faith in people,” Morrison said. “He’s a lucky dog.”

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact them.

The animal shelter is also offering a $1,000 reward — for a total of $6,000 — for information leading to an arrest.

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