YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office is looking for information to find out who left a trash bag filled with puppies on the side of Liberty road in Youngstown.
Eleven puppies were found Wednesday, and the Warden said they were screaming and hungry. One puppy did not survive.
The puppies still had the umbilical cords attached, and they appeared to be not more than a few hours old.
They were all taken to Save a Mom Rescue in Cleveland, an organization with several pregnant dogs. The puppies will be mixed in with other litters to be nursed back to health by the pregnant mothers.
The Warden’s Office says i the puppies had been on the side of the road much longer, they would have all died.
“It’s disgusting. These puppies were literally hours old, and they were just discarded like they were trash,” said Rick Tunison, a kennel manager and vet technician at the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office.
Tunison said there is hope. The puppies have a great chance for survival.
But, he says, this is a growing community problem.
Last year, the Mahoning County Dog Pound housed just under 1,100 dogs. This year, it is already close to housing 1,200 dogs, with more than a month in the year to go.
“This is a major problem in Mahoning County — the dog population,” Tunison said. “If people would just take the time and be courteous enough to have their animals spayed and neutered, it would cut down on the number of stray dogs and dogs running at large and dogs without homes.”
Tunison said situations like this are easily avoidable.
“There are so many rescues — animal control, the Dog Warden’s office, the Humane Society, Angels for Animals, Animal Charity, New Lease on Life — all of these facilities are all will and would never turn their backs on litters of puppies, so to just throw these puppies on the side of the road is just completely unacceptable,” he said.
The Mahoning County Dog Warden is asking anyone with any information on who could have dumped these puppies to come forward. If found, the person could face animal cruelty charges.
Since arriving at the rescue, the puppies are reportedly doing well and have rapidly improved. The rescue said it will be about eight weeks until the puppies are strong enough to be adopted, but if you are interested in bringing one of the dogs home, you can contact the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office at 330-740-2205 or DogWarden@mahoningcountyoh.gov.
There are seven male puppies and three female puppies that appear to be some type of pit bull mix, Tunison said.