Animal Protection of New Mexico has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for stuffing seven newborn puppies in a grocery bag and abandoning them according to Tuesday's press release.
The puppies were discovered December 30 in a ditch bank on Bridge Street Southwest and west of Goff Boulevard.
Officers from Bernalillo County Animal Control Services and the Sheriff's Office discovered five of the puppies had died from suffocation and exposure. The two remaining puppies, now named Rain and Bo, are being fostered and cared for by Brittany Nelson.
According to Matthew Pepper, the director of Animal Care Services:
"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."
Authorities have been gathering leads and are trying to find the mother dog.
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.
The responsible person faces extreme animal cruelty charges.
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