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ABC 15, 12 News, FOX 10, & azcentral: Puppies Found Abandoned in Dumpster, Silent Witness Help Needed

Written by: Kimberly Ring

News Highlights:

  • On Monday, July 15, 2019, AHS Emergency Animal Medical Technician™ Jenna responded to a scene near 7th Ave and Baseline in Phoenix where a black duffle bag with two deceased puppies and three surviving puppies was found to have been thrown into a dumpster.
  • The three survivors, 11-week-old female Chihuahuas, were examined by AHS' Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital™ vets and are doing extremely well. They will be spayed and will be available for adoption on Thursday, July 17 at AHS' Sunnyslope Campus.
  • We are asking anyone with information on the case to contact Silent Witness at 480.WITNESS (480.948.6377) or 480.TESTIGO (480.837.8446) for Spanish. Any information helps!
  • Sadly, animal cruelty cases like this are not uncommon. Last year, AHS' Animal Cruelty Investigators performed 7,481 cruelty investigations.

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Chihuahua puppies abandoned in Phoenix dumpster up for adoption
Three puppies that were put in a duffel bag and thrown into a Phoenix dumpster will be put up for adoption Thursday, the Arizona Humane Society said. Five Chihuahua puppies were found by a "Good Samaritan" taking her trash to a dumpster near Seventh Avenue and Baseline Road on Monday, Humane Society spokeswoman Bretta Nelson said. Two puppies were dead and their bodies were taken to Midwestern Universities for necropsies, or animal autopsies, she said. The remaining three were examined by veterinarians at the humane society's trauma hospital and were doing "surprisingly well" as of Tuesday afternoon, the Arizona Humane Society said in a Facebook post. They were awaiting their spay and neuter surgeries and will be available for adoption on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Arizona Humane Society's Sunnyslope Campus at 9226 N. 13th Ave. Their adoption fee is $450 each, the Arizona Humane Society said. In a statement to The Arizona Republic, the Arizona Humane Society said it asks potential adopters to spend time with the pet they are interested in prior to adopting it. Arizona Humane Society staff will be on hand to give information, guidance and resources to potential adopters. The organization said it may have a drawing if there are too many interested adopters when doors open at 11 a.m., but the decision on whether or not a drawing should be held would likely be made Thursday morning. Nelson said there are "lots of puppies and kittens this time of year" and she encouraged those who don't get the chance to adopt one of the three dogs to consider adopting another pet. Last year, the Arizona Humane Society assisted in 7,400 suspected cases of animal cruelty in Arizona, Nelson said. In the last week alone, Nelson said nearly 700 animals were admitted to the Arizona Humane Society's trauma hospital. Read full story.
July 17, 2019