According to a recent Facebook post by the Kentucky Humane Society (KHS), a worker found a cardboard box with air holes while throwing refuse in the recycling bin.
The mysterious package had a handwritten note that said, “FOUND HELP ME” and was taped shut.
Once opened, the box contained a gaunt puppy with bloody sores covering his whole body, according to the KHS.
The dog was so weak from malnutrition that it could barely stand up.
KHS staff said that the puppy only weighed 15 pounds and was between 6 to 8 months old.
“This puppy – whom we have not named yet – has a long road ahead of him,” KHS said.
As for how the dog ended up there, KHS said their security cameras show a man leaving from the area where the puppy was found around 12:30 a.m. Friday.