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3/30/2012 8:18:00 AM
$1,750 reward for arrest of people who dumped puppies
“Snowball” and “Spring” will be available for adoption. They were abandoned in the snow at Sunset Point and Cordes Lakes on March 19.
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“Snowball” and “Spring” will be available for adoption. They were abandoned in the snow at Sunset Point and Cordes Lakes on March 19.
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Heidi Dahms-Foster
Special to the Tribune

Two tiny Labrador puppies have a second chance at life, thanks to a couple of observant, kind-hearted people, and a $1,750 reward awaits for the arrest and conviction of their abusers.

On Monday, March 19, a person who stopped at Sunset Point rest area noticed a black pup in a snow bank. The person picked up the 4-week-old puppy and brought it to the Yavapai Humane Society, said YHS Director Ed Boks.

The following day, a Yavapai County Sheriff's Office animal control officer found another pup, this one tossed into a snow drift near Cordes Lakes. The officer also brought that pup to the Humane Society.

Boks said it appeared someone was trying to drop the pups off in a way that no one would notice, because the second one would not have survived if it had been abandoned the same day as the first.

"They were dropped miles apart, for some reason," Boks said.

The puppies are recovering and growing in a foster home for now, he said, and will come up for adoption in a few weeks when they are old enough to go to new homes. About two dozen people have expressed interest in adopting the pups, he said.

"They are the cutest puppies you can imagine," he said. "Why anyone would abandon them...they could have given them away and anyone would have taken them. It's just heartless."

Boks said the Humane Society was investigating a report of a third pup found, but that proved to be unrelated.

He urges people to contact the Humane Society rather than dump animals that can't fend for themselves.

"That's what we're here for," he said. "What concerns me is how many other puppies were tossed into the snow that we have not found. This is truly reprehensible."

A reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person abandoning the puppies is up to $1,750, thanks to a $750 donation from a local resident.

If you have information on who may have abandoned the puppies, call the Yavapai Humane Society at 928-445-2666 or Yavapai County Animal Control at 928-771-3260.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012
Article comment by: Fernando Timms

The $1750 would be better served to campaign replacing our current prosecutors and judges who let animal abuser off with minimal punishment.

Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Article comment by: b logical

Most dogs have more than two pups in a litter. Anyone purchasing a pup recently would be the first place I would look. This one might be a no brainer, if people have the guts to come forward.

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