At about six months old, the black and white pup should have been romping through a house in tow behind a rambunctious playmate.
But her surroundings were much different when she was spotted Wednesday afternoon.
The puppy was found tied to hedges on the busy corner of West Leroy Street and Howard Avenue, fronting the headquarters of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
It is the second time in several days that a dog has been found with twine tethered around its neck and tied to hedges outside of the Humane Society.
The white twine placed around their necks were the same and signs placed beside them, proclaiming they were free, were similar, a Humane Society official said.
The Humane Society hopes to find both dogs forever homes.
Humane Society officials stressed the importance of getting pets spayed or neutered to help reduce the number of abandoned pets and strays.