In early November, the Austin Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Unit received a call from a concerned citizen about a seemingly dead dog inside a crate. When Detective Ewa Wagner arrived at the scene, she was shocked to see that the dog was still clinging to life.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time that a dog has been found locked inside a crate and left for dead. The devastating trend is no doubt one of the cruelest ways an owner can get rid of an unwanted animal. While many shelters do charge a fee for owner relinquishment, leaving a dog trapped, thirsty, and starving is not the answer.