Puppies Found In Cereal Box In Trash Make Miraculous Recovery
Three puppies found this month clinging to life in a cereal box that had been tossed in the trash are now thriving at a Hempfield foster home.
Bessie, Bobby and Stephen were lucky that volunteers with Animal Friends of Westmoreland got to them in time, said shelter founder Candy Nelson.
“It was a lot, bringing them back from the brink of death,” she said.
The three puppies were rescued from the garbage along Millview Street in Uniontown on Sept. 3. They have been living with foster families who provided around-the-clock care for the dehydrated and flea- and worm-infested dogs.
A fourth, Sebastian, died Sept. 11. He was more flea-infested than his siblings and never bounced back, said Bethany Morse, animal care manager at the Youngwood shelter.
“It was very traumatic,” said Nelson, who was caring for Sebastian at the time. “None of us want that to happen.”
The remaining dogs, each about 5 weeks old, are gaining weight and being weaned off puppy formula. On Wednesday morning, they wiggled around and played in an empty plastic pool.
“Everybody else is doing really well,” Morse said.
The first few weeks of care involved feedings every few hours by bottle or syringe, said their foster mother, Deb, who declined to provide her last name. The puppies are no longer infested by parasites and are exploring their foster home.
“I think we’re out of the danger zone,” Morse said.
The puppies’ personalities are coming through now that they are healthy.
Bessie is spunky.
Bobby is gentle but playful.
Stephen, who is the runt of the litter, loves to be cuddled.
Shelter officials aren’t sure what breed the dogs are.
A humane agent is investigating how they got into the trash. Morse said the shelter has gotten a few tips, but no arrest has been made.
It will probably be a couple of months before the animals can be adopted. But, if they’re healthy enough, they may make a public appearance at the shelter’s Oct. 21 fundraiser at Lakeview in Hempfield, Nelson said.
Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374 or[email protected].