Someone is dumping frightened, malnourished dogs near a PetSmart store in Troy, Mich. The culprit is said to have abandoned at least 12 small pooches since April, as reported by The Detroit Free Press on Oct. 9.
Three dogs were found on Monday morning at different times and three more later that night. The animals were located either near a trash bin behind the store or in their front parking lot. This incident started last April when two dogs were found abandoned, and then another one the following month. The dog found in May had puppies stuck in her birth canal. The good news is that mother and pups were taken care of and all were fine.
PetSmart manager, Nikki Taylor, is perplexed by all of this as they don’t even sell dogs at their store. Maybe the mystery person figures that employees that work there would have a big enough heart to take care of the pups. The most likely scenario is that this dog dumper is a breeder that might very well be overwhelmed with too many pups.
“If they’d just call us, we can refer them to a rescue group or the Humane Society; we just don’t want this continuing,” Taylor said. The store is located on Big Beaver near Rochester Road. She wants to make known that they are not a dumping ground for animals.
The dogs looked to be of the poodle-maltese breed and were definitely not taken care of. They all were found to be with matted fur, underweight and scared of their surroundings. They were said to be all huddled together, not knowing what was happening to them. Volunteers at the Madison-Heights Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan have them in custody and will eventually have the dogs up for adoption.
If anyone has any information on the person or persons that continually dumps these poor dogs off like this, please contact the Troy police. If you are interested in adopting one of these brave canines after they are deemed healthy enough, contact the Animal Welfare Society. If you are able, they are accepting donations to help with the cost of caring for them.