Eight sick puppies found in a box, abandoned near a busy road

Eight sick puppies who were found abandoned in a box on the side of a road have a second chance at life, thanks to the Good Samaritan who rescued them. According to a February 2 report from WFLA, the emaciated, anemic puppies, found in Tampa, Florida, appear to have been suffering for weeks. They were extremely lethargic and had severe mange. Shelter officials described their condition as “horrific.”

The unnamed Good Samaritan discovered the puppies on January 31 and brought them to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB), where they have been treated with medicated baths, high quality food, medicine, vitamins, royal ginseng jelly and, most of all, loving kindness. The extremely itchy mange caused them to lose most of their hair and develop painful lesions. The lesions became highly infected, spreading to the puppies’ joints.

As you can see from the photos, the efforts of the HSTB are being rewarded. The puppies are responding “with affection, wagging their tails and trying to give kisses.” The goal is to have the puppies healthy and available for adoption in four-to-six weeks. The tiny puppies are so young that the shelter is unsure right now what breed they are. They might be hound or beagle mixes. On their Facebook page, HSTB posted,

“We are hopeful that they will respond well and can’t wait to see what they look like after a couple of weeks in our care. If you would like to help, please spread the word to ‪#‎SpayNeuter‬ to prevent unwanted litters, to seek veterinary care at the first sign of hair loss, to reach out for help when overwhelmed with pets instead of dumping them, which is illegal!”

Per the HSTB, you can donate to their care by clicking this blue link or by texting ‘Adopt’ to 243725. They appreciate anything you can give. The HSTB is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. They receive no government funding and are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States. They receive no donations designated to that or any other national animal welfare organization. They are proud to be one of Charity Navigator’s ‘Four-Star’ Charities for six consecutive years.

It is unknown who committed this cruel and illegal act. “There is no excuse for letting animals suffer the way these puppies have,” the shelter said. If you would like to see more of their adoptable pets, please click on this link! HSTB is located at 3607 North Armenia Avenue, in Tampa, Florida, and can be reached at 813-876-7138.

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