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Janitor rescues sick puppies from dumpster

One dies, the other thrives, is ready for adoption

Posted: November 3, 2008 12:53 p.m.
Updated: January 4, 2009 5:00 a.m.
 
A custodian discovered two sick pit bull puppies abandoned in a dumpster behind the Goodwill store in Saugus Wednesday.

Nicole Kramer, whose mother works next door, rushed to the scene to find them near death. "I got there, and I could not believe my eyes. These puppies were dying," Kramer said. "They were just beautiful; gray with light blue eyes. One was able to move and the other could not. He fell over whenever he tried."

Kramer contacted multiple veterinarian clinics to find help for the puppies. One vet offered to take the puppies only if Kramer accepted financial responsibility for all treatment costs.

"Needless to say, I won't go there anymore," she said.

Kramer contacted Terry Dayton, owner of Seco Canyon Animal Clinic, who offered to receive and care for the puppies for no charge.

"They were in critical condition and unfortunately we were unable to save one of them, the little boy," Dayton said Friday. "The other is currently being treated for Parvo, an intestinal virus that destroys the inner lining of the intestines. Today she is stronger and barking. She is infested with two different types of parasites, so now we'll have to go through that as well. But we plan to feed her ... and see if she can hold food down. She is still on IV fluids and pumps."

New Leash on Life, a local animal rescue, expressed interest in helping find a home for the puppy if she recovers.

"I checked in today and the one puppy is responding (well) to treatment," Kramer said.

Optimism is high and Dayton is eager to do everything she can to ensure the puppy's survival.

"New Leash on Life and Seco Animal Clinic really came through," Kramer said.

Still, the cruel abandonment is unsettling.

"When she has recovered we will be looking for a home for her. We will spay her for free for anyone who is willing to adopt her," Dayton said. "The part that still worries me is that the average dog litter is six to eight puppies. How many more disposable pets will there be?"

The stringent economy is not an excuse to throw away pets, but as this case illustrates, pets are suffering.

"If anybody has any compassion at all, even if it's money-wise and they can't afford to treat their own pets, they don't throw them in a dumpster. They can take them to a shelter and humanely put them to sleep," Dayton said.

Despite the circumstances surrounding the pit bull puppy's rescue, Seco Canyon Animal Clinic's care has given her a promising future.

Asked for an update today, Dayton said the puppy is thriving. "She's eating, drinking; no more vomiting. She's gaining weight, and doing wonderful - happy, active and playing. She's definitely a really good dog. She's just about ready for a home, as soon as we find one."

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