What would come to mind upon seeing a full-looking plastic bag floating in the river? When one kayaker found exactly this in a Massachusetts river, he notified the police after he fetched it to find six tiny puppies inside.
On Sept. 25, 2017, Uxbridge Police Department wrote on Facebook to appeal for people to come forward with information on a plastic bag that was seen floating in the Blackstone River.
“Earlier today, six puppies were found by a kayaker. These puppies were tied up in a grain bag and left for dead after being dumped in the river near River Rd,” the post read.
According to CBS CrimeInsider, the police believed that the puppies were thrown into the river between 11.30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the kayaker had rescued the newborn puppies after hearing their whimpers.
Uxbridge Police Department Chief Jeffrey Lourie said that the puppies, believed to be less than a week old, were in distress and one of them had inhaled water and mud into its lungs.
“I believe as a police chief they had guardian angels looking over them, these kayakers. It was only a matter of time before they were all submerged and perished,” he said.
Fortunately, the puppies survived the ordeal.
“They are all doing well, considering the circumstances, and we believe they will all survive. The puppies are currently being kept together, and are being cared for by a professional until they are able to be adopted,” the Facebook post read.
The police hope to find the “low life” responsible for discarding the puppies in the river. “Obviously this is a heinous act, unconscionable. We definitely want to be able to charge [the suspect] with six counts of cruelty to animals,” Lourie said.
After the Facebook post spread, many netizens started contacting the police department to ask after the puppies, with some expressing an intent to adopt the puppies.
On Nov. 3, the police department wrote on Facebook that the puppies “will be adopted anonymously and the owners will be notified of their celebrity status.”
The department also likes “to urge those looking to adopt to reach out to your local shelters as there are many fury friends looking for a loving home.”
The case, however, has yet to be closed, and police hope that anyone with information on the offender can come forward.
“Without someone coming forward with more information than we already have, it’s pretty difficult,” Police Detective Steven Prior told Telegram.