An employee of a business at a Topeka shopping center found an injured homeless man curled up in a fenced-off area with a small black dog at his side.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the homeless man told the employee who found him Wednesday at the Holliday Square shopping center that he had fallen and hurt his hip and had been laying there about seven days.
Two snowfalls had occurred during that time with temperatures dipping into the single digits.
Police say the man had no shoes and his feet were wrapped in socks. He was treated in an ambulance but refused to go to the hospital.
Animal control officers placed the dog in a shelter for safe-keeping.
The man’s name and condition weren’t immediately available.
According to the newspaper, an account has been set up for the man and his dog at the Northeast Kansas Credit Union, 3174 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66607. The account is named “Helping Charles and Dog”. You can drop by or mail any contribution at that location. If you’d like to help the dog and its care, you can call or visit the Helping Hands Humane Society at 233-7325 and let them know the donation is for the small black dog. The HHHS location is just west of 21st and Belle in Topeka.