MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WWBT) - Five newborn dogs are on their way to finding a new home after being tossed in a dumpster.
Staff at the Commonwealth Animal Hospital in Midlothian say the five puppies were found in Halifax County last Friday, and eventually brought locally on Saturday morning.
Mackintosh, Pink Lady, Fuji, Braeburn, and Gala are the names given to the pups by veterinary staff at the hospital, who say that they were found "inside a dumpster, in a bag, left to die.”
In a Facebook post, Sanctuary Rescue wrote that the puppies cleaned up nicely and accepted food through a bottle.
Nicole Kennedy with the Commonwealth Animal Hospital says someone who was going through the dumpster heard their cries, and then alerted Animal Control.
Local Animal Control, in turn, brought the puppies to the Commonwealth Animal Hospital.
“Other than fleas, they were in pretty good shape. They were a little dehydrated, needed some milk,” Kennedy said of their condition.
Kennedy says that this is the third such incident in which the hospital has taken in animals left in dumpsters, adding that it’s a situation that she’ll never get used to.
She offers this plea to any reluctant dog owners, to hopefully avoid putting other young dogs in similar situations:
“Think about the puppies, give them a chance. Even if it’s just taking them to the shelter, or giving them to a friend to take them to the shelter, if you don’t want to be a part of it. There’s people like us out here who will help. We just want to give these guys a chance, so please don’t just dispose of them like trash.”
The foster-based animal rescue says this is the third separate litter of newborn puppies they’ve taken in in less than a year that were thrown in dumpsters and left to die.
“Apparently this is a thing. And if our tiny little rescue outside of Richmond, Virginia has taken in three separate dumpster litters (no reason to believe they are related) in the past year or so, can you imagine how many puppies weren’t found and just went on to the landfill undetected?" the group wrote in its Facebook post.
The puppies do currently have a foster mother and may be up for adoption after about 8 more weeks.
Sanctuary Rescue will be handling the adoption process, and information on the adoptions can be found here.
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