Shelter Staff Finds Dead Puppies On Doorstep

7 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, July 28 2010 Jul 28, 2010 Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:25:26 PM CDT July 28, 2010 in News

COLUMBIA - Employees at the Central Missouri Humane Society found a container Wednesday morning with five puppies, four of which were dead.

Someone dropped the puppies off when the shelter was not open so no one knew they were there.

Employees found five border collie puppies around 7 a.m. Wednesday in a closed rubbermaid container. It was left at the back door of the Big Bear Boulevard shelter location. The container had small nail holes, but that was not enough for four of the puppies that died from suffocation and extreme heat.

"We do not recommend leaving animals at our doorstep. We again are really open and we want people to feel comfortable bringing animals to us and relinquishing them," said the shelter's relations coordinator Allison Toth. "We are an open door shelter which means we'll always take them in. You know, but please don't leave them with no one there."

Toth said this type of incident is preventable. The shelter wants to remind the public its hours. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday for animal intakes and closed on Sundays. If you need to turn in an animal outside those times, Toth said to call animal control at 573-449-1888.

"It's really awful," Toth said. "We are here to care for this community's unwanted or unhomed animals and we have nothing but respect for all of our animals and want the best care for them possible so you know it's really an unpleasant experience."

The surviving puppy is doing well though. Toth said vets checked out the animal. The shelter will hold the puppy for five days and then it will be available for adoption.

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