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Monday, Oct 3, 2011County: Delaware
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Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
Phil Peckinpaugh wasn't surprised late Monday afternoon when a couple approached him with a tote carrying four extremely emaciated, flea-covered and anemic pit bull puppies.
After all, Peckinpaugh -- the director of Muncie's Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) -- said irresponsible dog dumping in recent weeks has developed into a major problem throughout the city.
As often as twice a week, Peckinpaugh said, people will dump their pets onto ARF without ever saying a word -- the result of a lack of funds, a limited city animal shelter, a move across or out of town or pure irresponsibility.
"I can't explain it," Peckinpaugh said Wednesday afternoon. "But we always have other options for people."
Monday's dumping incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. Peckinpaugh, who was getting ready to leave ARF for the day, said he was stopped by a couple who said they witnessed someone throw a trash bag out of a moving truck at Walnut Street and Riggin Road.
That bag, according to the couple, contained four five-week-old pit bull puppies; two of which were near death, and the other two were not far behind.
"I've never seen puppies so skinny," Peckinpaugh said. "They are just little skeletons with fur."
Peckinpaugh organized a volunteer shift throughout the night to keep an eye on the pups, who were covered head-to-toe in fleas.
"It was definitely one of the worse things we've seen here," Peckinpaugh said. "And we see a lot of bad things."
Since that time -- and after ARF and medical care officials worked on strengthening the dogs' immune systems and helping them gain weight -- the puppies, who are yet to be named, have been doing much better, Peckinpaugh said.
In the meantime, Peckinpaugh reports the expected medical costs for each puppy are about $1,000.
You can find more informaiton on how to adopt or donate online.
If you have any information on who dumped the puppies, please call the Animal Rescue Fund or Muncie Police.
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