Seven Newborn Puppies Left to Die in Shopping Bag; Two Survive

Animal Protection of New Mexico Offers Up to $10,000 Reward

BERNALILLO COUNTY, New Mexico -- At approximately 4:30 p.m. Dec. 30, 2013, Bernalillo County Animal Care Services and the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of puppies tied inside a grocery bag and discarded on the ditch bank south of Bridge St. SW and just west of Goff Blvd. SW in the South Valley area. Five of the puppies were found to be dead due to suffocation and/or exposure to the elements, according to veterinarians. Two were rescued alive, treated and placed into temporary foster care and are recovering. When these puppies were cruelly abandoned, they were less than 12 hours old.

This is extreme cruelty: The two surviving pups suffered in the cold before being rescued.

Matthew Pepper, Director of Bernalillo County Animal Care Services, stated, "Someone made the decision to discard them as trash, and these animals are a life -- they're victims, and we will exhaust our resources to find out who is responsible."

Animal Protection of New Mexico is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for this act of extreme cruelty. APNM's rewards are based on a combination of the nature of a crime, the number of victims and whether animals die as a result of the crime. If you have any information regarding this case, please call the New Mexico Attorney General's Animal Cruelty Hot Line at 877-5HUMANE (877-548-6263). Callers may remain anonymous.

Animal Protection of New Mexico's mission is to advocate for the rights of animals by effecting systemic change, resulting in the humane treatment of all animals.


$10K Award Offered in Ditched Puppy Case


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