REGINA – Twenty hungry, cold and flea-infested puppies found abandoned in a Saskatchewan field are being nursed back to health at the Battleford’s Humane Society (BHS).
The puppies – thought to range in age from three to six weeks – were found by Greg Zubiak out on a hunting trip Friday, on a towel in the middle of a field.
“As I walked around the truck I could see two little eyes looking at me and I could see it was puppies. So then all of them looked at me and I was shocked,” he explained. “All I said was, ‘OK, come on,’ and as I said that, they all got up and made their way towards me howling and barking.”
Zubiak did his best to warm up the animals by wrapping them in his jacket and then bringing them to the Humane Society right away.
Shelter coordinator Michelle Spark said they can’t imagine why someone would abandon the animals but speculates they may have been placed as coyote bait.
The animals were in poor health, including being very dehydrated when they were brought in, but a veterinary exam was performed and all of the puppies are expected to recover.
Now, staff and volunteers are busy working to make sure they have everything they need to provide the care the puppies need – and they’re getting lots of help.
Since posting the story on Facebook on Saturday, the BHS says they have had more than 70, 000 views on the puppies and “have received responses from about 300 people and organizations offering help.”
Some of those posts have come from as far away as Mexico, as people respond to the request for donations of “Purina puppy chow, small puppy toys or any donations towards medical expenses.”