Police in the small town of Williston, Florida are determined to find the coward who buried a newborn puppy alive. Officers accidentally discovered the 7-day-old dog while they were fulfilling a court order to destroy evidence in a landfill. The puppy is recovering at a veterinary hospital.
“The officers were in a pit area and they heard a whimpering sound, like a crying animal behind them,” said Police Chief Dennis Strow.
They went to explore the source of the sound and were disturbed to discover it was coming from underground. The officers began to carefully dig and found the male puppy, who is so young his eyes are still closed, buried head first in an eight-inch hole.
Police believe the dog had been in the ground less than an hour. An air pocket, created because the person who buried him didn’t pack down the dirt, kept the newborn alive.
Strow said his lieutenant “grabbed up the dog” and rushed him to nearby Levy Animal Clinic.
Clinic workers began bottle feeding the puppy and report he is recovering nicely and has a great appetite. Veterinarians estimate he is between 7-days and two-weeks old based on the fact that his eyes are not yet open. They named him Tucker.
The little guy is also getting a new home. A veterinary technician at Levy Clinic fell in love with the puppy and will take him home once he is released.
Strow continues to check on Tucker. “I went by and looked at him this morning and he’s doing very well,” he said. “He’ll get a second chance at a real life in a loving home.”
Meanwhile, the Williston Police Department has vowed to find the person who is behind the crime. Strow called the act “cowardly” and said his department will follow leads and “prosecute whoever did this to the fullest extent of the law.”
Anyone with information should contact the Williston Police Department. A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person. Strow is positive someone has information about the crime.
“What’s disturbing,” said Strow, “Is that when you look at this fellow you ask, how can he be threatening to anyone?”
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