Crate of 8 week old puppies abandoned in Detroit field for days
DETROIT (FOX 2) – The Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue said a crate full of puppies was thrown into a vacant Detroit field and left for days, one of which may not survive.
According to executive director Theresa Sumpter, the six puppies are only 8 weeks old and were abandoned without their mother in the Detroit field, where they remained for several days.
“Absolutely, these puppies have been dumped,” Sumpter said. “They, on the whole, look pretty rough right now.”
Two of the dogs, Shirley and Temple, are in critical condition, but Temple may not survive.
“She weighs just over 5 pounds and she should weigh between 10 and 12 pounds right now,” Sumpter said.
A neighbor picked up the puppies this week and called Sumpter and the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue.
“Every organization in the Metro Detroit area is inundated with returns and the same type of calls,” Sumpter said.
They are overrun, especially with abandoned dogs and people who are either kicked out or just can’t care for what was once a cute little puppy but has turned into a 60-pound dog. She told FOX 2’s Jessica Dupnack that people are abandoning their COVID-19 rescues.
8-week-old puppies abandoned in Detroit as shelters report more animals being abandoned.
“We saw a lot of people step up and they wanted to adopt. They were staying home during Covid – maybe working from home but now we are seeing a rebound in that. We are seeing the opposite,” she said .
Four of the six rescued litter are doing well and have been placed in foster homes. Sumpter said Shirley and Temple are receiving round-the-clock care from a veterinarian. She urges people to think carefully before throwing dogs.
“They think they can turn off these animals and they are animals and they will hunt for food. They don’t. They are domesticated animals that rely on us humans to feed on them. and take care of them, ”Sumpter said. noted.
If you or someone you know can no longer take care of your animals for financial reasons, please call your local animal control. There is help so you don’t have to abandon your dog.