A sizable reward is being offered for information in a terrible animal cruelty case which resulted in the death of several puppies who were left to die in a garbage bag. According to a press release from PETA, the abandoned newborn puppies were discovered near Rifle by a couple who was camping off of County Road 244. Two of the puppies inside of the bag had already died.
The rescue effort
The good Samaritans called the authorities and the puppies were rushed to the Divide Creek Animal Hospital. The surviving puppies were bottle-fed every two hours and wrapped in warm towels – despite the heroic efforts, only two of the nine puppies were able to survive.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said:
“With their slightly dried umbilical cords still attached and their eyes closed, [these puppies] would not have survived the night. The cold afternoon air and the coming colder night, with no nourishment, would have soon seen the end to the entire litter.”
Reward for information
PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction on cruelty-to-animals charges of the person or persons responsible for dumping these puppies.
PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said:
“At least one person out there left a trash bag full of newborn puppies outside in the cold and walked away, leaving them vulnerable to dying of hypothermia. PETA urges anyone with information to come forward immediately so that whoever left these dogs to die can be held accountable and stopped from hurting anyone else.”
Anyone with information should call the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office at 970-625-8095.
(Image/screenshot via KOAA News)
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