FRAMINGHAM — Police are crediting a Good Samaritan with saving the lives of two dogs that were left abandoned in crates Tuesday morning near the Brophy Elementary School on Pleasant Street.
Authorities are now trying to find out who owned the dogs, Deputy Police Chief Sean Riley said.
“This type of weather is dangerous for human beings and dogs being left locked in crates with no food or water — the heat would have killed them fairly quickly,” he said. “The Good Samaritan probably saved those two dogs.”
The person, who was not identified, found the dogs about 9:45 a.m. abandoned near the school in crates that police described as “filthy.” They immediately called police and animal control, Riley said.
Even during that morning hour, local temperatures were likely close to 90 degrees.
Both dogs — one that appears to be a Pomeranian mix and the other a Shiba Inu mix — appear to be OK and are being cared for at the Animal Control Office.
Riley said abandoning an animal is cruel — and illegal.
“There are avenues to safely give up dogs,” he said. “People, believe it or not, are looking for dogs.”
Police recommend contacting organizations such as the Animal Rescue League of Boston or the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals rather than abandoning a pet.
Police ask that anyone with information about the dogs and/or their owners to call animal control at 508-532-5870. Riley said callers can remain anonymous.
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