ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - St. Petersburg Police are investigating after a dead pit bull was found inside a suitcase floating in a canal.

Someone who works near the canal spotted the blue hard shell suitcase on Wednesday evening and opened it. The gray and black female dog was inside.

Police say the dog had obvious trauma to its head and lower body.

St. Petersburg police have determined the pit-bull (named BELOVED) belonged to a mentally disabled couple, Samuel Orsini and Gina Glass. Orsini was walking the dog a couple of days ago when it got loose. BELOVED ran across 4th street and was hit by a white vehicle. 

Orsini carried the dog back to the apartment.

The distraught couple contacted the SPCA. They realized that the dog was dead and were told that it would cost $55.00 for the SPCA to take custody of the dead animal.

They attempted to bury the dog on the property of the apartment complex.  But, the landlord refused and told them to place the dead dog in a dumpster. They refused and decided to submerge the dog in the "lake". They explained this was BELOVED favorite's spot.

Gina Glass placed the dog in garbage bags and then in a blue suitcase. They had found the blue suitcase in a dumpster of their apartment complex. GINA partially filled the suitcase with water in an attempt to submerge the dead animal.

Police are awaiting the results of the SPCA necropsy to confirm this information.