Man Discovers Litter of Puppies Thrown Away In Trash
INCLINE VILLAGE, NEV. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Seven out of a litter of ten mix-breed puppies are being nursed to health after they were found abandoned inside a box in a South Lake Tahoe a dumpster.
On July 23, a man discovered the litter inside the garbage at a local gas station and called the first place he could find for help.
“He called and asked us what to do,” Becky Goodman, Director of the Pet Network Humane Society in Incline Village said.
Goodman accepted the litter, which was only hours old when someone placed them in the garbage. Three of the puppies did not survive.
“That fact that somebody took these puppies from their mother and put them in a dumpster is horrifying and it's horrifying for anybody who understands pets are part of the family,” Goodman said.
After their first feeding, the next step was finding foster homes.
“This is truly a first,” Diane Finagan said.
Finagan serves on the board of directors for the non-profit Pet Network and is a self-admitted cat person. Now, she’s the closest thing two of the puppies have for a mother. The young pups required hourly feedings as well as heat blankets to regulate body temperature and plasma formula, normally provided by a mother.
“It's been scary at times, but basically pretty wonderful,” Finagan said.
The cost of keeping the puppies alive will likely rise into the thousands of dollars, Goodman said.
“If anyone would like to help pay for formula, or even fill out an application to adopt one of the animals when they are ready, they can do so at www.petnetwork.org,” Goodman said.
It is unknown if the animals will survive, but thanks to the constant care, they have a shot; which is more than they had shortly after they were born.