Invercargill's SPCA is horrified at the case of a young dog, which was left tied outside one of its shelters overnight - just as a storm hit.
It was dumped at the Woodend shelter on Wednesday night and had nowhere to escape from the weather.
The dog has grazes on its legs from getting tangled in the chain it was tethered to.
Shelter manager Mary Bradley said the animal was terrified when they found her, and is only now starting to trust people again.
Ms Bradley said it was cowardly to abandon the dog in such bad weather - and illegal.