Senior Yorkie abandoned outside PSPCA in plastic bin during heat wave

Gertie, a senior female Yorkie, was abandoned outside of Pennsylvania SPCA's Erie Avenue headquarters on Sunday.

Authorities are investigating after they say a senior female Yorkie was found abandoned inside a plastic container with the lid on during a heat wave.

The Pennsylvania SPCA says the discovery was made outside its Erie Avenue headquarters in North Philadelphia on Sunday, July 28, when temperatures reached a high of 94 degrees.

According to the shelter, a volunteer noticed the container and opened it up to find the dog, now named Gertie.

Aside from being covered with fleas and a coating of flea dirt, Gertie was found to be “spunky and strong,” per the shelter.

“We named her Gertie because Gertrude means "'spear of strength,’” shelter officials said in a statement.

Gertie continues to receive treatment at PSPCA's shelter hospital.

The shelter aims to find Gertie a new family once she fully recovers.

Those interested in donating to the PSPCA can do so here.

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Anyone who witnesses acts of animal cruelty is encouraged to call the PSPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at 866-601-7722. Animal cruelty can also be reported by filling out the PSPCA’s online form here.