FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP – Volunteers at a no-kill animal refuge in Luzerne County’s Back Mountain said they are caring for five newborn puppies, found abandoned in a trash bag.
According to the volunteers, a man jogging along Callender Road near Sweet Valley took ear buds out of his ears, heard a squealing noise and discovered five puppies in a trash bag, covered in maggots Monday evening.
Marge Bart told Newswatch 16 that volunteers have been working nonstop, to nurse the puppies with tiny bottles and making sure they stay warm with blankets and a heat lamp.
“They all do have their umbilical cords attached so, you know, whoever dropped them off, at least they got their mother’s milk, we hope for a day or two, because otherwise they would have been dead,” said Bart. “There’s other ways to deal with this. They should have never left them in a bag alongside the road, that’s just horrific. That’s just very sad that somebody doesn’t take responsibility for this.”
Karen Danko said the puppies are doing okay, but their best chance of survival is to be with their mother.
“These puppies need the mother milk, they need the mother for socialization. Whoever owns the mother, they can drop her off, no questions asked,” said Danko. “It will be confidential, no charges pressed, that’s really what we need is the mother back.”
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