TROY, Mich. (WXYZ) - Terrified and shivering, a dog was left roaming the parking lot outside of a PetSmart in Troy off of Big Beaver Road, Monday morning.
Two others just like him were found by store workers abandoned in the back of the building around the same time.
"Oh they were in really bad condition. They were matted, really really matted, covered in feces and urine… really stinky, you could smell them," said store manager Nikki Taylor.
The pets were also underweight. It appeared to rescuers as if the animals had never been taken care of.
"This is definitely one of the worse cases that I've ever seen," said Kirk Taylor, a rescuer at Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan.
Three other similar looking, neglected dogs were found hours later in a plaza strip mall at 16 Mile Road and Rochester. Rescuers are grateful workers at the PetSmart were able to catch the pets.
"Thank God for them because if they did not end up here then they could've easily ended up killed," said Kirk Taylor.
"We're not the real heroes," said Nikki Taylor. "It's Animal Welfare Society that's taking care of them that's the hero. We're just the catchers so… grateful that we were here, yeah absolutely and whoever left them here knows that we are here and knows that we will do the right thing."
Now the animals are safe at the Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan's shelter in Madison Heights.
The dogs, believed to be poodle-maltese mixes, have a long road of recovery ahead.
"They are going to be taken to the vet," said Tamara Murawski, a rescuer at Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan. "They're going to be evaluated for diseases, parasites, be spayed and neutered, and be put on the appropriate medications for what ever problems that they have."
It could take weeks of TLC before the dogs are ready for adoption.
They will have to be shaved bald to get rid of their matted coats. The pets will also have to learn how to socialize.
It is estimated the care for the pets including spaying, neutering, blood work, and medication will cost $300 each.
According to employees at PetSmart, over the past six months, there has been a serial dumper in the area. They believe someone is dropping off the breed of pets, leaving them to fend for themselves.
Rescue workers are urging witnesses to report if they see this type of activity.
"If they see somebody dumping an animal, get a license plate number and call the police," said Murawski. "You can remain anonymous and then the police can figure it out."
In addition to all of the veterinary care they need, the dogs will be getting a lot of rest before they are ready for adoption.
If you want to help the dogs now you can donate to the shelter. Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan relies only on donations to care for their pets they rescue.
For more information you can visit http://www.animalwelfaresociety.net/ or call them at (248) 548-1150.
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