Abandoned Puppies Doing Well!
Courtesy of Lancaster Online
The investigation is continuing into the identity of the person who put a pair of puppies in a blue backpack and dumped it along South Duke Street on a bitterly cold Wednesday morning.
The small pups, one of them covered in ice, were discovered by a homeowner shortly before 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to officials at the Lancaster County SPCA. The anonymous rescuer took them to the SPCA's Chesapeake Street shelter, where they were warmed up and fed.
"They are doing excellent - running around and chasing each other," SPCA director Susan Martin said Thursday afternoon.
The Chihuahua-mix pups, a male and a female dubbed Lucky and Breeze by the shelter's staff, were checked out by a veterinarian at the VCA Bridgeport Animal Hospital Wednesday and were pronounced in good health.
On Thursday, Martin said, they were wormed and vaccinated. However, she said, the dogs will not be available for adoption until police complete their investigation.
The young dogs, believed to be between 8 and 12 weeks old, were nearly frozen when they were brought into the SPCA, according to rescue coordinator Mike Diehm.
He said the man who found the dogs spied the backpack, then heard squealing coming from inside.
Karen Dinkel, animal enforcement officer for Lancaster city police, is investigating the case of animal cruelty.
Dinkel did not immediately return several messages left for her Wednesday and Thursday.
The dogs are being kept at the SPCA shelter, 599 Chesapeake St., until Dinkel concludes her investigation. Anyone with information about the person who owned or abandoned the puppies is asked to call Dinkel at 735-3453.