It was the high pitched cries of frightened and starving nearly newborn puppies in Barbour County, Alabama that led to the rescue of ten puppies abandoned in a garbage bag with their dead sibling and their mother, reports the AlabamaNews.
The Humane Society of the United States announced on Friday they are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the despicable act of animal cruelty. The puppies, less than one week old, were found by two teenagers, Hannah Killingsworth and Reid Potthoff, as they were riding a four-wheeler off Poorhouse Road in Clayton last Sunday. When the youths heard noises coming from a trash bag, they stopped and found the hungry pups along with their dead mother and another deceased puppy.
Nicole Benefield, the aunt of one of the teens, described the horrific conditions of the litter when discovered. The mother dog’s body, covered in blood, had already started to decompose, and the ten babies were so young their eyes weren’t opened yet. The family took the puppies home and cleaned them up, fed them. The puppies have been given to a family friend who will handle their adoptions when the puppies are old enough. Pal of Barbour County Inc is helping out with the dogs.
A police report has been filed. Officers are having trouble tracking down the original owner and are asking anyone with information to call them at 334-775-8011.
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