A small dog was abandoned outside a Salem animal shelter in Tuesday’s frigid temperatures

“It’s an unfortunate situation.”

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This dog was left outside the Northeast Animal Shelter in Salem in Tuesday's freezing temperatures. –Northeast Animal Shelter

An animal shelter in Salem is calling out the owner of a small dog who was abandoned outside the nonprofit’s doors Tuesday morning in the freezing cold.

The Northeast Animal Shelter shared a photo of the small, black dog on Facebook with a pointed message for the pup’s former owner:

Maybe we’ll never know the name she has always known, what she has been through, or why you didn’t go to another door at our building to talk to someone instead of just leaving her tied up but she gobbled up a warm meal and is wrapped in blankets and getting warm. She’ll be safe with us until she finds a new home with someone who will love her forever.

Jenna Bradley, adoptions manager at the shelter, said the 9-pound, female dog is doing well despite being out in the cold for about 45 minutes.

“We were at first a little concerned with her paw pads and the tips of her ears,” she said, adding that since the dog was left with no information, it is unclear how old the pup is.

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Bradley said this isn’t the first time an animal has been left outside the shelter’s doors but said the “pretty extreme” conditions were what prompted the Facebook post.

“It’s an unfortunate situation,” she said, adding that whoever brought the dog to the shelter did the right thing but “fell short” by leaving the small pup out in the cold.

The adoptions manager said shelter staff arrive to care for animals in the facility around 7 a.m., but the doors don’t open to the public until 10 a.m.

“I think it was pretty clear that there were people in the building,” she said.

Salem’s animal control officer, Donald Famico, told Boston.com in an email that the police department is waiting to see if the shelter’s Facebook post generates any information on who the dog’s owner is before making a decision with the nonprofit about whether charges for abandonment will be issued.  

Bradley said she expects the dog will be ready for adoption in about a week after she gets checked out by a veterinarian.  The shelter has already had “quite a few” people reach out about giving the dog a new home, she said.

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Anyone interested in adopting the small dog can reach out to the shelter at adoptions@neas.org or call 978-745-9888, extension 2.

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