LIVINGSTON – After 10 puppies were abandoned June 10 on a roadside, a local family managed to rescue eight and take them to the SPCA of Polk County’s Livingston shelter for treatment of heat exhaustion and dehydration.
According to SPCA officials, the 10 puppies – estimated to be about six weeks old -- were left in a cardboard box near the intersection of Tom Cummings Road and Highway 190. The box was marked “Free Puppies.”
However, by the time the family that rescued them came along, two of the puppies had been killed after being run over by vehicles on the highway.
The eight survivors were treated at the Livingston animal shelter and one of the terrier-mix pups – now named Nacho – has been adopted.
The remaining seven are now available for adoption at the shelter located at 802 S. Houston.
According to the SPCA, about 1,500 dogs are dumped each year throughout Polk County. The dumped dogs include puppies that are abandoned by pet owners who allow their dogs to reproduce and then fail to find them homes.
The local SPCA office is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and can be reached at 936-327-7722. They also can be reached by mail at P.O. Box 1403 in Livingston, 77351.