PASCO, Wash. - A Richland pet adoption agency called dumping unwanted pets our community's dirty little secret.
They said it happens more than people realize.
Sweet Thing, a one-year-old poodle was left tied to the front of the Pet Over Population Prevention office in Richland.
She was left overnight and workers are only in the office once a week, so the poodle was left out in the freezing weather.
P.O.P.P. representatives said pets are also left abandoned on the side of the highway and they said recently they have received calls about people tossing unwanted pets out of moving cars.
Molli Van Dorn said, "People don't want to talk about it but, we, in our group get at least a half a dozen calls a week of pets that have been abandoned or dumped, so it huge, it's very huge"
With freezing temptress P.O.P.P. said unwanted pets could not survive in the elements.
They said last weekend a dog was found dead outside and dead kittens curled up with their mother were also discovered.
If you have an unwanted pet call Pet Over Population Prevention at 509-943-4722.