On Saturday, while disposing of trash at a landfill in Virginia, a man made a terrible discovery. According to the Martinsville Henry County SPCA, two abandoned puppies, weak, skeletal and in poor health, were found amongst the trash.
The two pups were in such poor condition that they could not stand – when the man tried to offer them food, they could not even open their mouths. Suffice to say, had they not been discovered, the puppies would have died at the landfill…no one the wiser to their pitiful situation.
Thankfully the man did find them and he took the time to pick them up and rush them to the shelter for care. The animal welfare agency recounted the urgent situation when the puppies arrived:
With veterinary offices closed, our executive staff made the decision to rush both puppies to an emergency vet. After evaluation, it was determined that the puppies were in late stages of starvation with the possibility of having ingested a toxic chemical. The veterinary office would have to provide IV fluids and nutrition and run tests for anti-freeze or rat bait; the next 48 hours would be critical to survival. The SPCA was delighted to hear that the tests came back negative for either toxic agent and the puppies have begun to respond to treatment.
The puppies have turned the corner and are showing signs of improvement, but they aren’t out of the woods. The shelter is seeking funds to help with the pups’ ongoing veterinary care. Donations can be made by phone (276-638-7297), online at http://www.spcamhc.org/form/donate, or by mail to 132 Joseph Martin Hwy Martinsville VA 24112.
Due to the conditions they were found in, the SPCA is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the abandonment of these puppies. If you have any information please call the SPCA at 276-638-7297 and speak with Nicole Harris or Catherine Gupton. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Images via Martinsville Henry County SPCA FB page)
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