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Case ID: 17653
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011

County: Chaves

Disposition: Open
Case Images: 2 files available

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

Police are looking for a Roswell woman who used a thrift store donation box as a dumping ground. Not for trash, but for puppies.

"We have people leave animals in boxes outside the front door. We have them put them in the paper bin. We have them tie them to the front post. We've had them throw them in the back of the company vehicle," said Krystle Smith of the Roswell Humane Society. But Smith admits she's never seen anything like this.

Two puppies nicknamed Easter and Bunny were tossed into the thrift store's sweltering donation box.

"I don't really understand why they felt the need to go drop them off in the bin especially in the heat of the day when it could kill them," Smith said.

The donation box is made of metal and Smith wants the pups' former owner to know the heat was not the only danger the puppies faced. There may have been a sharp object or other items in the box that could have hurt the animals.

Cody Carey who works at the shelter discovered the puppies after hearing some strange noises coming from the box.

"I was kind of in shock because I've never seen anyone do that, just pretty much carelessly plop them in," Carey said.

His quick thinking helped save the pups. They were only in the box for a few minutes, and are a bit shy but seem to be in good health.

Carey saw a woman speed away from the scene. He tried to get her license plate number and believes she was driving a gray or silver Cadillac with a damaged front fender.

Smith says if the woman had simply come to the door and asked them to take in the animals, she wouldn't be facing criminal charges.

"There's no need for them to do that," said Smith. "If we don't have the room there's animal control, or if they can hold them until we get a spot."

Police say the woman is facing animal cruelty charges. Easter and Bunny will be ready for adoption in a few days.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Roswell Humane Society
(575) 622-8950


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