Authorities in the US state of Indiana, are asking for public help and cooperation after finding two dogs inside a cage under a tarp without water.
According to Police Department, the dogs were found in a street in the town of Connersville, about 120kms south-east of Indianapolis
They were "hot and lethargic" inside the cage due to heat and lack of air flow, officers said.
The animals had also defecated inside the crate and were confined in a very small area, where movement was nearly impossible, police said.
The owners left a note to "surrender" the dogs to whoever found them and left a bag of dog food and small amount of water in the cage, according to police.
The dogs, named Kilo and Rosco, were handed to a local animals shelter, despite it already being over capacity.
The Connersville Police Department asked anyone with interest in adopting the dogs or any other pets to contact the Fayette County Animal Shelter.