Police in Pasco, Washington have identified the man who dumped three newborn chihuahuas in a dumpster at a car wash last week. According to the news report by KeprTv, the police, in conjunction with the animal shelter used surveillance video cameras to identify the suspect as Vatentin Patricio from Kennewick.
An employee at the Bulldog Car Wash found the puppies and called authorities. They had been wrapped in a towel and thrown in the dumpster as if their lives didn’t count. Shelter staff at the Tri-Cities Animal Shelter have been caring for the three puppies who still had their wet and bleeding umbilical cords attached when discovered. They have been named Olive, Petunia and Gin. Angela Zilar has been caring for the puppies and bottle feeding them.
“They were very cold, so they had been there for a little while,” Angela said. “You have to do what’s best for them, and best for them is not in a garbage can.”
Patricio was told to bring in the mother dog and the one puppy he kept. Mother dog, Estrella and the other tiny pup named Puma will remain with the shelter until the conclusion of the case. Patricio, 33, has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty. The shelter will be asking the prosecutor to upgrade charges to felony counts.
The three puppies will be available for adoption in nine-weeks. To help with the expenses of the puppies, information can be found here.
(Photos of newborn chihuahuas and mother dog courtesy of Tri-Cities Animal Shelter.)
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