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Puppies abandoned in crate

These four-week-old puppies were left in a box at a Vernon gas station while temperatures soared Tuesday. - spca photo
These four-week-old puppies were left in a box at a Vernon gas station while temperatures soared Tuesday.
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Residents are being asked to get involved in a case of puppy abandonment.

Five four-week-old puppies were left beside a dumpster at the Petro-Canada station at 27th Street and 48th Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

“The Roti-cross pups were in a closed apple crate on a day when the temperature reached 33 Celsius,” said Corinne Ross, Vernon SPCA manager.

“The puppies are injured, weak from lack of food and dehydrated. One has a festering neck wound and a scar on his nose and has been put on antibiotics. A second has head trauma, swelling, and can’t open his eyes. Yet another has an eye infection.”

The situation has upset SPCA staff and volunteers.

“These helpless little puppies don’t deserve such cruel treatment,” said Ross.

“What is so disturbing is that they could have been dropped at a veterinary clinic which is right around the corner from the gas station. Their injuries, in addition to the way they were abandoned, is highly suspect. We are asking the public to jog their memories and report anything to us that might help explain how the puppies came to be there.”

The puppies were rescued when a Petro-Canada employee was taking garbage to the dumpster and heard a sound coming from the crate.

“A call was placed to dog control who immediately turned the puppies in to the SPCA shelter so the pups could receive medical attention,” said Ross.

“The pups, who are very frail, are currently in foster care with a shelter employee.”

If you have any information about this case, call the Vernon SPCA at 250-549-7297.

 

 

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