N.B. teens find box of puppies left in freezing cold; animals survive

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FREDERICTON - Eight tiny puppies are alive thanks to two high school students out for a walk in the park Tuesday.
Megan Toth and Jasmine Crooks, both 17, were enjoying a day off from Leo Hayes High when they noticed a large plastic storage container in Odell Park.
They didn't think too much of their discovery until they heard a distinctive cry.
"We looked in it and there were eight little puppies," Crooks said. "They smelled really, really bad, like they had been in there for a long, long time. They didn't have frostbite."
Crooks said when she and her friend lifted the lid, all the puppies wanted to do was escape their plastic prison.
But the teens kept them inside the container, quickly transferred them to a car and then to a veterinarian, who advised they be taken to the Fredericton SPCA.
The puppies appear to be a German shepherd-lab mix.
Crooks said she's horrified that someone would leave them outside.
The temperature hovered around -15 C Tuesday afternoon, but it felt colder with the wind chill.
"I was just shocked that someone would be that cruel to leave all the puppies out there in that cold weather," said Crooks. "We didn't know what to do at first, so we just decided to take them with us."
Toth said there was no bedding in the bucket and the pups were left with nothing but their own body heat to keep them alive.
Stephanie Walsh, executive director of the Fredericton SPCA, said the puppies were in good shape.
"It does not appear they were out in the cold very long," she said. "They don't appear to be having any sign of frostbite or anything like that.
"We really don't know how long they were out. We are just very fortunate that these two women were able to find these puppies before it got ugly."

Geographic location: FREDERICTON, Odell Park

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  • Kris
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Good job to these girls for saving these puppies. Shame on whoever left them there. Why not bring them to a SPCA instead of leaving them to suffer and die.
    However if it didn't cost a fortune to have your pet spayed or neutered then more people would have their pets fixed. It blows my mind how much anything cost at the vet. I just spent $ 550.00 there last week on something small. It doesn't seem right that pet care is so expensive.

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Good for these girls for stepping up and doing the right thing. Now all that needs to be done is to find the idiots who abandon these animals and put them in a box in a park. Nuff said on that.

  • Bazzy
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Megan Toth and Jasmine Crooks are both hero's. These two individuals showed compassion for these little animals, they acted in a mature way to save these helpless pups. You are two outstanding individuals!!
    The owner on the otherhand only showed insensitivity and cruelty towards these innocent pups. I can imagine what the owner is like with the mother of these pups. I wonder what the owner would feel like being put into a container in the extreme cold to die a slow painful death?

    I am tired of people saying well if neutering costs were not so high but free this would help to end the problem of unwanted pups. Yes it would with responsible owners. Irresponsible owners like this owner though would not care, the pups are viewed as disposable and to be thrown out like garbage like he or she just did.

    The only way we can stop cruelty too animals is for people to take a stand. People have to stop burying their heads in the sand, report owners who show abuse whether it is physical , neglect or who dispose of pups or adults in inhuman ways. Abuse of animals is all about power. Abuse can only be stopped if we take a stand , report abusive owners and demand change by our court systems.