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A puppy was found abandoned in the freezing rain in a crate with "free" written on the side.
The dog was rescued after being discovered by the side of a road in Youngstown, Ohio in the US.
Police took it to a local animal shelter on Monday, where the pooch is being kept in quarantine before it can be put up for adoption.
Authorities are now urging pet owners to keep their animals out of the cold.
Dianne Fry, the head of the Mahoning County Dog Warden, told WKBN: "We want to make sure that it is healthy before we adopt it out.
“It'll probably be at least five or six days before we actually look at having the puppy leave our facility.”
In a Facebook post, the organisation said the puppy was “abandoned in a crate outside in the freezing rain”.
It said: “'Free' was written on the side of the crate. What kind of person does this?
“What kind of life have they lived that this is ok?
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"Cats and dogs depend on us to survive. We humans have domesticated them.
“They are our responsibility. They deserve love and care.”
The officials said pets “should never suffer outside in these frigid temperatures”, adding: “We shouldn’t have to have laws to tell people how to care for their pets.
“Love and compassion should show them that.”
The post continued: "Please do the right thing. Bring your pets in.
“Do not leave them out in this weather. At the very least it is beyond cruel."
The warden’s department has since issued a statement urging people not to call about adopting the mutt, as the phone lies are “getting tied up”.
A social media post said: “Everyone wants him because of his story.
“We will post if/when he is available.”
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