UNIONTOWN (KDKA) – Officials are working to locate the person responsible for leaving several puppies in the trash in Fayette County this weekend.
They were tossed out with the trash and are now weak and unsteady on their feet, but as Candy Nelson, the founder of Animal Friends Westmoreland, says they still have the will to live.
“We’ve been doing around-the-clock feeding,” says Nelson. “We have to administer fluids, anything to keep them stable.”
The shelter in Youngwood took in the puppies, which are about 12-days-old.
“We got a call on Friday evening that someone had found five puppies in the trash in Uniontown,” said Nelson. “By the time we got there, one had already passed away.”
There is still uncertainty for the remaining four, three boys and a girl; all are received emergency medical treatment before being placed in foster homes.
Two of the pups had checkups at the East Suburban Animal Hospital in Export.
Dr. Stephen treese, a veterinarian at the animal hospital, is worried about one of the remaining four.
“Overall, they look pretty good,” he said. “Three out of four are doing wonderful. This last one for some reason is not suckling.”
The pups were found inside a cereal box in a trash can on Millview Street. The owner of the shelter says had they not been found Friday evening, it’s likely none of puppies would have survived the night.
If all goes well, the little pups will be ready to be adopted in about six weeks.
But the question remains — who tossed the puppies out with the trash?
“We did get one lead, but nothing concrete at this point,” said Nelson. “We are working with humane agents in the area.”
Anyone with information is asked to call (724)-925-2555.
Everyone wants to know what breed the puppies are. The vet says it will probably take another two weeks before that can be determined.
If you’d like to make a donation to help care for the puppies, you can do so on the Animal Friends of Westmoreland website here.