A dead dog was found in a crate on a New Haven sidewalk on Memorial Day, police confirmed.
On Monday morning, a dead dog in a crate was found between paper bags of leaves put out as trash on Blake Street, police said.
At 11 a.m., a caller said the dog was in a covered crate on the sidewalk.
Police describe the animal as a small white "lap dog" with no noticeable signs of trauma, according to patrol sergeant Steven Teague.
"It's likely the case of someone who's pet died and they didn't know how to properly deal with the situation -- perhaps someone elderly," Teague said.
It is not clear who the dog belongs to or the cause of its death.
Police are investigating the incident but said not necessarily for criminal wrongdoing.