Six 7-week-old puppies were dumped with no food, no water and left for dead

in a cardboard box in the middle of the Tucson desert. While geocaching, a good Samaritan discovered one puppy wandering around near the cardboard box, most likely in search of food. When he approached the box he could hear whimpering and to his shock found the puppies overheated and starving. One of the puppies in the box had already died; one was extremely dehydrated and lethargic while the other four waited patiently to be found.

All six of the puppies were brought to the HSSA. The puppies were extremely weak and shortly after arrival another puppy was lost to dehydration. The remaining four puppies were provided with food, water, fluids and are recovering in foster care.

“If this Samaritan hadn’t brought the remaining puppies in when he had all of them would have died” said Samantha Esquivel Public Relations Lead.

The puppies will stay in foster care until they are at a healthy weight and ready for adoption.

Animal dumping is cruelty and it is a crime. Please take the time to stay cognizant and anonymously report any animal cruelty you see by calling the Animal Cruelty Taskforce of Southern Arizona at 520-547-0260 or call 88-CRIME.

The HSSA would also like to remind people as it warms up dogs and cats will be going into heat and it is the prime time for litters to be born. Don’t litter! Please remember to spay and neuter your animal. The HSSA provides low-cost spay and neuter surgery to the public. To schedule your appointment please call 520.327.6088, ext. 137.

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