The animal, a male Yorkshire terrier who is approximately 4 to 6 years old, was found at about 7:10 Friday (Dec. 27) morning, near the intersection of White Pond Road and Farmers Mills Road in Kent.
The dog was "huddled in a small black metal pet crate in a snowy patch of property" just off the side of the road, according to authorities.
A passerby made the discovery and contacted the Kent Police Department. The town dog control officer then retrieved the dog, the SPCA said.
Here's what officials said in a statement:
The Putnam County SPCA is asking for any information regarding the owner of this dog or the person who placed the dog at said location in freezing temperatures. Any information regarding this or any instance of animal cruelty should be made to the Putnam County SPCA at 845-520-6915. Calls can be anonymous. Abandonment of animals in New York State is a misdemeanor crime punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by a combination of both.