WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)--On Monday a male poodle mix was found behind a dumpster in a locked cage. According to the Washington Humane Society, the six-year-old dog was soaked in urine and his coat was badly matted. The WHS says the cage was filled with feces, "Indicating the dog had been housed in the cage for weeks."
The dog, now named Thomas, was behind a dumpster at the Douglas Knoll apartment complex which is located at 3331 22nd Street, S.E.
The WHS says a maintenance man at the apartment building found Thomas and called the agency.
Thomas weights just 10-pounds. Authorities say his ideal weight is at least 20. The cage had a tan sheet draped over it and 2 bowls can be seen inside the cage.
Thomas has been checked out by a veterinarian and has been treated for malnourishment and ear infections. Due to the state of his fur, he had to be shaved.