WHITEHOUSE, Texas (KETK) – A dog was found in a crate on the side of FM 346 in Whitehouse Monday morning around 10:30 a.m. Fortunately, Leandra Bissell, who was passing by, spotted the crate and went back to see if there was a dog inside.
“He was sitting pretty close to the road in the driveway,” Bissell said.
Bissell told KETK News the dog, which looked like a pit bull, was found between Nextgen and the Waterton house complex on the 346.
“I got out, looked at him, made sure he was still alive and breathing. I could tell he was distressed and warm. Poor thing was soiled in his kennel” , Bissell said.
Bissell said she gave the dog some water, but he was hesitant to take it at first.
She called the police and waited for an officer to come to the scene to deal with the dog.
Capt. Frank Brewer of the Whitehouse Police Department said it was possible someone threw the dog away, hoping someone else would see it and call the police or animal control to have it picked up.
“Honestly, I thought it belonged to someone because it had a rope collar of some sort, but I didn’t see any tags or anything,” Bissell said.
For people who see animals alone in high temperatures, Brewer said they should call the police or animal control so they aren’t left out in the heat and sun.
“If they see any animals wandering off or that may have been dumped, then please give us a shout so we can get out and retrieve the animal and at the very least give the animal the care that he needs to make sure that the time he spends in the heat isn’t detrimental to the animal,” Brewer said.
He said the Whitehouse PD gets calls about loose animals in neighborhoods and possibly near the mall, but when it comes to a dog put in a crate and left near the side of the road, he had never seen this happen before. .
“(We took) the dog to the vet to be checked. Then we took the dog to our kennel because we don’t know who the owner is and we will normally keep the dog for 72 hours and if no one doesn’t claim the dog, we’ll take him to Smith County Animal Control,” Brasseur said.