7 Puppies Abandoned at Recycling Center

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.

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Photo credit: bullcitydogs via flickr


Joanna M.
Joanna M3 years ago

I myself always liked dogs but never owned one, til fate intervened, causing me to cross paths with a severely neglected, abandoned pup three years ago.

It was the best decision I ever made! Now I advocate for others to do the same.

Please sign my petition, pledging to adopt at least one rescued dog or cat in your lifetime. So many animals need YOU to give them a second chance at life!


Christinaalex Nicki
.4 years ago

thank you for sharing

EcRo C.
ER C4 years ago

More of God's precious creations rescued through His grace! Not only that, but their rescue has (I'm Sure) filled many hearts with more love & happiness, including ours. :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) weeeeeeeeeeeee !

Adilene W.
Addy W4 years ago

Aww. DId they ever catch the person that abandoned them?

Kayleigh Harter
Kayleigh H4 years ago

Whoever left them there is a heartless bastard, but at least they were rescued and have a chance at finding good homes.

April W.
April W4 years ago

People disgust me sometimes. How heartless and cruel to simply throw away unwanted animals. I hope they catch whoever did this and that they spend some quality time behind bars. I have an Australian Shepard mix that I rescued, he was so timid and scared when we brought him home due to being abused by his previous owner. After 2 years of having a loving home Sampson (that's what we named him) is doing great and is the most loving and loyal dog I've ever had.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Marija Aleksic
Marija Aleksic4 years ago

thank you for saving them!

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

How can this happen?