KNIGHTS LANDING (CBS13) — Yolo County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a gruesome discovery—a beheaded Chihuahua left inside a Knights Landing resident’s car.

Late Thursday morning, Ashley Immel, 20, reported finding a headless female, brown Chihuahua laying on its back in the driver’s seat of their sedan. The dog appeared to be mutilated with a sharp object, likely a knife.

The body was just like there, and like the stomach was sliced open too,” she said. “It was properly placed for it to be seen there.”

A spokeswoman with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department says the evidence of the scene suggests the Chihuahua wasn’t killed in the car.

“There was very little blood, so it appears the animal was killed elsewhere,” said Vicky Fletcher, the chief animal services officer with the Yolo Sheriff’s Department.

While investigating the discovery of the dog’s mutilated body, deputies learned it’s not the first time Immel found a dead canine on the property.

She said she discovered the head of a terrier left in a boat two weeks ago. She didn’t report that discovery until Thursday.

Immel wonders if a few brawls in her past could be coming back to haunt her.

“No one likes to get beat up by a girl,” she said. “There were a few tussles. They probably wouldn’t forget something along those lines of getting beat up by a girl.”

Neither dog belonged to the residents and the sheriff’s office believes the two crimes are related.

“We are hoping someone might come forward if they saw something, or if they’ve had an animal go missing recently,” Fletcher said.

The sheriff’s office encourages anyone with information to call its Animal Services Section at (530) 669-5827.

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