In a case of animal cruelty, a family in Singapore abandoned their pet dog in filthy conditions after the canine grew “out from his cuteness.”

In a Facebook post Monday, Voices for Animals, an animal welfare group, said the incident came to light after people heard the dog’s barks and alerted them about it. Upon arrival, the officials found the canine dumped in a pump room beside a dump chute. The canine was locked up in a small cage in the dark room, which was filled with rodents.

“He was also a case of impulse buying and he grows out from his cuteness and being hyper active that family cannot manage, he was being dumped, and of all places, in a total darkness room that’s kept him company were all rodents, smells horrible and total hot and humid in a pump room that’s just beside a dumping chute,” the group said in the post.

The canine was rescued from the room and taken for its first grooming session.

“His fur was so matted that the groomer had difficulty in shaving, and he is just a happy boy that wants to play and to be love,” the post added.

The group said the canine was very affectionate and licked anyone who patted him. The dog remained under their care and will be put up for adoption “once he is ready.” The details about the dog’s owners were not revealed.

In a similar incident in Malaysia last month, a dog was found abandoned in an apartment, two months after its owner vacated. The landlord entered the apartment and heard the canine whining for help. He immediately rushed the animal to a nearby animal hospital. The landlord said the dog, a Husky, was malnourished and anemic and he believed it survived for two months by eating its own feces. Upon questioning, the dog’s owner said she hadn’t abandoned her pet and that she came over to the apartment every three days to feed it.

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In this image, a dog's paw reaches through the kennel fence at the Queen Anne's County Department of Animal Service in Queenstown, Maryland, Jan. 24, 2008. Getty Images/Jim Watson