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Florida couple identified after abandoning pet and her 11 puppies on doorstep of shelter

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WKRG) — Two folks from Okaloosa County have occur forward right after surveillance movie shows them abandoning a woman pet and a box entire of puppies at a shut Northwest Florida animal shelter.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office posted a video clip of the incident from Sunday on their Fb web site.

In the footage, you can see the pair generate up to the Walton County animal shelter on Triple G street in a white truck, the woman dog follows behind as the man drops a box on the doorstep with 11 puppies within.

The animal shelter was closed to the community Sunday, but staff have been there to choose treatment of the animals. Animal Services supervisor Patty Weingartner says she noticed the mom running all around outdoors before she realized what transpired.

“I went up the front of the place of work, and there was a dog peering through the window. I went to open it, and it took off managing,” Weingartner stated. “Then about an hour afterwards, there had been donations out there, and we considered, ‘OK, let us go get the donations in,’ and there was a box sitting down there. Not a peep, no sound. I wasn’t even wondering of anything at all like that, and it was a box whole of 11 puppies.”

The puppies are about 4 weeks previous, and the shelter estimates the mother to be about 5 decades aged.

“The runt almost certainly was only a couple ounces, probably 8 ounces. It was the tiniest minimal little one in there and just the sweetest tiny puppies,” Weingartner claimed.

WCSO claims the puppies are young adequate to be fed by the mom canine, but no foods or h2o was remaining for the animals. The two people today are also observed in the footage rummaging as a result of donations outside the house the shelter in advance of leaving.

“It was type of unhappy,” claimed Weingartner. “What was out there that working day was some sheets and some blankets, and some doggy beds and a sleeping bag. That is what the gentlemen picked up and laid back down. It was sad to see that as they remaining puppies, and the mother at the rear of they had been wanting by means of that. But we are not in their shoes.”

WCSO will not release the suspects’ names at this time. With the suspects recognized, WCSO states they will be investigating more into the situation.

“I just really feel like the number is on the doorway, a minimal little bit far more could have been finished. I don’t want to choose them but a tiny little bit more could have been completed,” mentioned Weingartner. “If the puppies didn’t make a sounds and we did not get in the donations, we would have missed them and they would have been out there until eventually the extremely following day.”

The pair from Okaloosa County could face animal cruelty fees for abandoning the dogs. The animals will be taken treatment of by Alaqua Animal Refuge.

“They are presently down there at the new animal refuge. They have a foster to consider the mother and the puppies till the puppies can be weened from the mom. They did not search like they had been in poor overall health,” Weingartner mentioned. “Eventually, they will be able to undertake them out and fine the mother her permanently residence.”

The Walton County Animal Company says although dropping off canine at a shelter appears like the suitable detail to do, the right plan is to simply call the shelter and allow them know.

“There is a really skeleton crew when we are shut to the community, so we’re usually just in the back again where by the animals are. We’re cleaning their kennels, feeding them,” said Weingartner. “It just occurred that I walked up there and observed the canine seeking by way of the window, like ‘What’s going on?’ You know? And I’m just like, ‘Why is there a pet dog out front?’”

The Walton County shelter is a single of the only county-run shelters in Northwest Florida. You can simply call them at 850-892-8758, and if no one solutions, simply call dispatch at 850-892-8111, and animal solutions will be contacted.

“I just desire and hope that persons will see this, and again I know we all get judgy at periods, but is a difficult time of the year, just please do the right things by the animals,” stated Weingartner. “Contact us, do not leave them, doesn’t make any difference if it’s our shelter or any individual else. Do not go away an animal exterior. Contact.”