The dogs were taken to see a veterinarian. And now their fate hangs in the balance.
That's why so many people are sharing Facebook posts about the dogs who need to be rescued from the shelter. Photos show the German shepherd and Chow mixes curled up in corners, looking up with concerned eyes at the lens of the camera or huddling together for comfort.
"Cases like this one are tragic for many reasons but most of all because if could have been 100 percent avoidable had the owner been responsible," a representative for the shelter told The Dodo. "Animal Care Services works very hard to maintain our 90 percent [or more] live release rate. In fact, the shelter currently has a 93 percent placement rate and ordering euthanasia is the hardest decision we make."