Police Rescue Puppy Found Buried Alive

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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Photo Credit: WillistonPoliceDepartment


.4 years ago

poor little one,glad he is safe now,thank you for sharing

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

ann paveletz
.5 years ago

God bless the person who found the puppy..God curse the coward that did the harm...let the person rot in hell. Ann

Laura McGowan
Laura McGowan5 years ago

What a depraved way to "rid" one's self of a puppy who doesn't even have its eyes open. Unfortunately, even if they find the psycho, he/she won't get a stiff enough penalty to make others think twice about doing something so utterly cruel and inhumane. We live in a world full of evil people with no regard for life whatsoever. Luckily, the police were in the right place at the right time and acted on the pitiful crying. He must not have been there very long if he was strong enough to make himself heard. Poor little angel - may you have a life full of love and safety.

Maria D'Oporto
Past Member 5 years ago

This stories makes me so sad

Sammi C.
Sammi C.5 years ago

stuff like this makes me want to get violent with the perpetrators. they make me sick. thank goodness this poor mite was found in time.

Peggy J.
Peggy Jakopak5 years ago

I just keep thinking, dear God, what if they hadn't been there at just that time. This little tiny life would have dwindled away and nobody would have known. I feel physically ill after reading this. I hope whoever did this is blessed with a lifetime of nightmares of someone burying him alive, ideally while he rots in prison.

lia k.
lia kenny5 years ago

i have fostered 4 kittens only hrs old that were found in dumpsters! unfortunately if the person responsible is caught usually the best we can hope for from the law is an ownership ban, maybe a fine, & a write up in their local paper letting their neighbours know what they did!

Anne F.
Anne Faro5 years ago

That little baby puppy is soooooooooo adorable. How can someone do such a cruel thing to this little guy? I'm a very big animal lover and I hate people that have no heart for animals.

Oana Vasiloiu
yonette VO5 years ago

I am so so glad that puppy was found and saved!Thanks God! Also, kudos to the Police officers and the vet that adopted him! Astonished how inhumane can "people" be! Hope to be caught and sentenced! also hope God will punish him!