A black Labrador Retriever and 10 puppies were rescued after being abandoned in a box next to the garbage Wednesday night in south Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The temperature had reached about 6 degrees when the family was discovered at about 6 in the evening. The animal control was immediately notified.
According to Interim Executive Director Rachael Bergman, the doggy family was brought to the Circle of Friends Humane Society and is now doing well.
From their humble cardboard box, the dogs now have their own room in the animal shelter – complete with plenty of blankets. They even have animal care attendants such as Katie Hanson to make sure they have everything they need.
On Thursday evening, Hanson sat in with the litter and watched the pups as they fed. She moved a pup here and there to make sure everybody had their milk.
“I think you’ve had enough,” she said, picking up an especially chubby black pup.
In total, there are four lighter-colored pups and six black ones. The size of the litter was likely a factor why they were abandoned, Bergman said.
“I’m assuming it was too much for them to handle,” Bergman said. “Normally, puppies come in four or five — 10 is a big litter of puppies.”
The pups are believed to be 10 days old as the puppies’ eyes are just beginning to open at the corners. The little angels are able to crawl now. Bergman thinks that the mother isn’t all that old herself, likely less than 2 years old.
The pooches are in need of a foster home.
The Lab puppies will not be ready for adoption until they are 8 weeks old. None of these cute pups have been named yet. This is typically left to the foster family, though it’s likely the names may have a holiday theme, Bergman said.
It is believed that the dogs are not strays, as the mother is housebroken. In case the owner steps up to claim them, Bergman said they would not be released back to him or her.
Under North Dakota’s law, animal abandonment is a class A offense and is punishable by one year in jail, a $3,000 fine or both.
State law also says that animals left outside must have access to adequate food, water, and shelter.
“Obviously, these guys didn’t have any of that,” Bergman said.
Image: Eric Hylen/Grand Forks Herald
Source: Duluth News Tribune