INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officials with the Humane Society of Indianapolis are reminding people that abandoning animals is both dangerous and illegal in Marion County, after three animals were abandoned on the property this week.
On Monday, a Good Samaritan found a 2-year-old Shiba Inu mix wandering in a neighborhood near the shelter. The dog was brought into IndyHumane, and workers realized they had seen it before, from an interaction with a patron on Sunday. Because of that, they think the animal was abandoned.
After the shelter closed Monday evening, staff working late saw someone tie a very thin, 4-year-old Boxer mix to a fence on the shelter’s property and then abandon the dog.
Tuesday evening after closing, a 17-year-old cat was found outside shelter intake doors inside a carrier.
Officials say surveillance video captured the activity on the property. The public can face fines of $200 or more for abandoning an animal. IndyHumane says leaving animals outdoors at night, especially in the cold weather, can be extremely dangerous and even fatal.
All three animals were found this week before it was too late, a release said. Anyone needing assistance for their animals can call the shelter at 317-872-5650 or call 211. IndyHumane does not require any fee to drop off an animal. Officials ask that residents keep animals safe and confined until they can be handed over to Animal Care and Control or a shelter like IndyHumane. For more on the shelter, including hours, click here.
Below are pictures of the abandoned animals.