Two kayakers were moving down the Blackstone River in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, when they heard peculiar whimpering sounds coming from an old potato sack, which was gradually sinking into the river. After hearing the sounds, the quick-thinking kayakers reached out for the bag and opened it.
To their astonishment, inside the sack were six newborn puppies. They were so young that their eyes hadn’t fully opened yet.
Expecting to hear soon from Uxbridge Animal Control about the puppies found in a sack along the Blackstone River. pic.twitter.com/cb5wNiCVRb
— Lana Jones (@Lanawbz) September 25, 2017
Someone apparently dumped the labrador-mix puppies, believed to be seven days old, in the grain bag, tied it, and tossed them away like unwanted trash. They were left to die; fortunately, the kayakers chanced upon the bag and rescued the puppies. Later, they contacted the Uxbridge Police Department.
“The guardian angels for these six little puppies was watching over them, and two kayakers came across and rescued them,” Uxbridge Police Chief Jeffrey Lourie told CBS Boston.
Speaking to CBS News, the police chief said: “It was only a matter of time before they were all submerged and perished.”
Earlier today, six puppies were found by a kayaker. These puppies were tied up in a grain bag and left for dead after…
The litter, consisting of three male and three female puppies, was safe, although the smallest puppy required extra attention.
“The little guy, he was on the bottom of the bag when found,” Regional Animal Control Officer Kevin Sullivan told Boston 25 News. “He actually had quite a bit of water in his lungs. Up until this morning, he was still pushing mud out of his nose.”
“We right now have them on a dog formula/goat’s milk, 50-part to be able to get their wait [sic] up and to get them healthy,” Sullivan added.
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To find the culprit behind this heinous crime, officials were looking for a man on a mountain bike, seen in the area of River Road between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Sept. 24, 2017, who might have information.
“Obviously this is a heinous act, unconscionable,” Lourie said. “We definitely want to be able to charge [the suspect] with six counts of cruelty to animals.”
“It unconscionable, you can’t imagine what’s going through my head as a police officer for 29 years, someone would do that, someone would take six fairly newborn puppies and discard them in a body of water,” the police chief said.
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) September 25, 2017
Though these six tiny lab-mix puppies were only one week old, they were already survivors. They were being cared for by Uxbridge Animal Control before they would be ready for adoption in a few months’ time.
“They are all doing well, considering the circumstances, and we believe they will all survive,” wrote Uxbridge Police Department in a Facebook post. “The puppies are currently being kept together, and are being cared for by a professional until they are able to be adopted.”
We are overwhelmed by the responses with regards to the puppies found yesterday. We have such a caring and great…
Inundated with messages from netizens offering to adopt the puppies, Uxbridge Police Department wrote on Facebook: “We are overwhelmed by the responses with regards to the puppies found yesterday. We have such a caring and great community and we appreciate everyone’s outpouring support and concern for the puppies.”
It’s unbelievable someone was trying to drown these six furry puppies by stuffing them in a potato sack. Luckily, these innocent newborn pups were rescued just in the nick of time.
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