‘Left to die’: Litter of newborn puppies rescued after being thrown in dumpster


MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC) — The Sanctuary Rescue in Richmond has now taken in a total of three separate litters of newborn ‘dumpster puppies.’

In a Facebook post, the sanctuary said the latest batch of rescued puppies — five of them — were all thrown in a dumpster and left to die.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Nicole Kennedy with Sanctuary Rescue in Midlothian, the organization that took the puppies in and is nursing them back to health, said. “They threw them in the dumpster to die like they didn’t want them anymore.”

A good Samaritan called animal control after hearing the puppies’ cries coming from a dumpster in Halifax County. They were found inside a bag.

“They had fleas, we are thinking they are 5 to 7 days old at this point,” Kennedy explained. “Their eyes and ears are still shut, so they are definitely under 2 weeks.”

Since October is apple picking season, the shelter named them all after apples: Macintosh, Pink Lady, Fuji, Braeburn and Gala.

For Sanctuary Rescue, this is the third time this year they’ve taken in ‘dumpster puppies.’ The organization posted a heartfelt message on social media pleading with offenders — whoever they are — to stop.

“How many are out there getting thrown in dumpsters that we don’t know about?” Kennedy added.

So how do we, as a community, as a society, just get the word out into the universe that throwing puppies away when you have an accidental litter isn’t exactly the best course of action.”


Sanctuary Rescue now has 17 puppies in their care; they’re all being bottle-fed and aren’t ready for adoption yet, but will be soon. CLICK HERE for more information.


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