On November 16, six Australian shepherd mix puppies were rescued from a recycling plant in Royal Oaks, Calif.
“The puppies, approximately 2 ½ months old, were hungry, dehydrated, flea-infested, and suffering from foxtails and worms when they were rescued. Tire tracks found on the property led Humane Officers to believe that the suspect drove to the fence line and tossed the puppies over,” according to Monterey County’s SPCA.
The puppies were discovered when two of them were spotted by humane officers playing on the side of the road. The rest of the litter was found hiding under a tarp.
The first six puppies, since named Grover, Elmo, Bert, Ernie, Lily, and Zoe, were followed by a seventh, named Felix, who was found at the same location by Felix Cortez, a reporter who was covering the story for KSBW-TV, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Officials believe Felix is part of the same litter, but was dumped later.
“It’s been very cold and rainy, and when we rescued the other puppies, they were quite dirty,” said Beth Brookhouser, director of community outreach for the SPCA. Felix, however, “was very, very clean. He was flea-infested like the rest of them and had some foxtails, but if you rubbed his coat, he had no dirt on him.”
The puppies are reportedly “blossoming” with the care they’re now receiving, while they wait to find out where they’re forever homes will be …the list of potential adopters has more than 100 names on it so far.
The SPCA is offering a $500 reward for any information about the person who abandoned them and is asking people to call 831-373-2631 or 422-4721 x213.
Photo credit: bullcitydogs via flickr