A woman found three puppies crammed in a box at a Goodwill parking lot in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Three tiny puppies in a tapped box labeled “stuff animals” are estimated to be 9 to 12-weeks-old.
All three puppies suffered from heat exhaustion and were covered with their own urine, according to McKamey Animal Center veterinarians.
This weekend, a concerned citizen noticed a box moving as she drove by the donation center. She ultimately stopped her vehicle to examine the animated box.
The executive director of the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, Jamie Lampman, shared with ABC News what the concerned citizen described when she made the shocking discovery.
“As they got in the car they saw the box moving. It was taped pretty solid. When they popped a hole in the box, all the noses popped out. They were covered in urine and it was about 83 to 85 degrees that day.”
Chelsea Fogal, a veterinarian from the McKamey Animal Center, told News Channel 9 what the Good Samaritan said when she discovered the puppies.
“She said when she opened the box; she could feel the heat come out. They had been there for a while.”
Fogal added how lucky the three puppies are thanks to the woman who found them.
“It is frustrating when you have someone do something so neglectful and inhumane. But I think these guys really lucked out that someone, a Good Samaritan, came along and found them. I think the outcome could have been a lot worse.”
Leslie Stokes, an animal service officer investigating the case, said she is determined to find the person or persons responsible for such a cruel act.
Leslie said she needs the public’s help.
“We have dozens of leads coming in from Tennessee and Georgia. It happened in the middle of the day, so someone had to see something. We are trying to get surveillance video from someone at Goodwill to see if there were any cars that pulled in.”
The Chattanooga Goodwill Industries released the following statement to ABC News.
“Chattanooga Goodwill Industries is grateful for the quick thinking and reaction of a “good Samaritan” who noticed and rescued the three puppies that were recently placed in a taped-up box and left on a sidewalk in the near vicinity of one of our donation center trailers. And we are thankful that McKamey Animal Care Center was able to take in and care for the puppies.”
All three of the Labrador puppies are malnourished and have worms. They were also dehydrated and looked as though they lacked nutrition.
The good news is that after 48 hours, the young puppies started acting like puppies again.
The McKamey Animal Center is caring for the tiny puppies. They named the three female puppies, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, and Greta Garbo.
A spokesperson for McKamey added the following name for the trio of puppies.
“We’ve been calling them ‘the Goodwill’ puppies.”
As soon as the puppies recover, McKamey plans to place the puppies up for adoption.
Thanks to public support, Chattanooga Police, and McKamey Animal Center, a $4,000 reward is offered to anyone who can lead the to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons responsible for this animal cruelty crime perpetrated on this trio of puppies.
[Featured image via McKamey Animal Center]