(Meredith) -- Authorities in Indiana shared a heartbreaking story this week about a dog that was tossed in the trash after freezing to death inside a doghouse.
Police received an anonymous tip to check on the welfare of the dog around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they found the animal in a dumpster near an apartment building, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Detective Bill Carter told the Indianapolis Star.
In a Facebook post, an official with Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) said the owner "picked up the dog and threw it away in a dumpster, as if its life meant nothing."
"When we found the dog, it was emaciated and covered in trash. The small area where the dog spent its last hours had a frozen water bowl and gave you a glimmer of the painful days and nights it suffered before freezing to the ground of its doghouse," the post read.
An investigation is currently underway, WRTV reported.
That same day the agency rescued a dog someone left outside, chained to a back porch. The dog was "shivering and clearly terrified," according to IACS.
"The look of helplessness in the dog's eyes as he whined, terrified and cold is something I will never forget," the Facebook post read.
Under a city-county ordinance, it's illegal to leave pets outside when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit in Indianapolis. Violators could face a fine of up to $200.
"We talk about the seriousness of bringing animals inside in these dangerous temperatures in hopes that pet owners will do the right thing. These stories are prime examples of why we need to continue talking about the dangers of leaving animals out in the cold," IACS wrote.