19 Puppies Abandoned in Park

Compassionate jogger discovers puppies; HSHV takes them in

Puppies in box

Please note: The puppies need medical and foster care before they're ready for adoption. If you'd like to contribute toward the puppies' care, please make your life-saving, tax-deductible gift here.

Plymouth, MI (December 28, 2016) – Nineteen tiny puppies crammed into a cardboard box were found this morning, abandoned in Hines Park near Wilcox Lake in Plymouth. Resident Julie Newman was jogging along Northville Road at about 9:30 am.

“I could hear little yelps,” Newman says. “And then I saw a box that was moving.”

The box filled with 4-week old puppies was under a tree, about three feet from the jogging path, in an area Newman believes is difficult to see from the road. The top was open, the nine male and 10 female pups were climbing over each other trying to get out, and the cardboard was soaked with urine.

Newman contacted her sister for help, and they took the baby pups to the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), where they’re receiving needed medical treatment.

“I’m just heartbroken,” says Newman who has two rescue dogs of her own. “I just don’t understand how anyone could do this.”

HSHV is asking the public for any information on the puppies, the person who had them, or any witnesses with tips to submit a report at hshv.org/cruelty. Based on the number and appearance of pups, HSHV believes there is more than one litter of pit bull terrier mixed breed puppies.

“It’s hard to say why someone would dump puppies in a park. But there is no good reason for such a careless act. This is exactly why animal shelters exist -- to provide safety and care to animals in need. We don’t ever want to see animals, especially babies, abandoned in the cold, left to fend for themselves. Thanks to a compassionate community member willing to take action, these innocent puppies will get the help they deserve. When they’re ready, they’ll be adopted into loving homes—but first spayed or neutered to help ensure this doesn’t happen again,” says Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s CEO and president.

The puppies need medical and foster care before they're ready for adoption. If you'd like to contribute toward the puppies' care, please make your life-saving, tax-deductible gift here.


About The Humane Society of Huron Valley:

The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies solely on the generosity of our supporters to provide critical community programs and services. HSHV is an award-winning organization, recognized for our best practices and highest animal "save-rate" among all similar shelters in Michigan. Charity Navigator, the nation's top charity evaluator, awarded HSHV a 4-star ranking, the highest possible. The mission of HSHV is to promote the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with any other humane organization and does not receive funding from the United Way. More information can be found on HSHV’s website (hshv.org) and on our annual report (www.hshv.org/2015annualreport). 




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