Four Puppies Found In Pittsylvania County Dumpster

Danville, VA-- The Danville Area Humane Society wants justice for four newborn puppies that were found in a Pittsylvania County dumpster on Tuesday.

They said a woman was at Mount Tabor dumpster on Tuesday evening and thought she heard kittens crying in the dumpster. She looked for them, and found two plastic bags. Both bags were tied shut; one had three puppies in it, and the other one had one puppy.

The woman brought the puppies to the shelter. Shelter staff put the puppies with a nursing mother cat, and let the puppies nurse for a little bit, but the puppies still appeared weak. The puppies were then bottle fed puppy formula. Unfortunately the puppies were too weak and died a few hours later.

"People need to realize this is against the law. It is illegal, immoral, unethical, and just plain old cruel," said Paulette Dean, Executive Director of Danville Area Humane Society.

Since the animals died, the abandonment could be prosecuted under the cruelty statutes. Cruelty to animals is a Class 1 misdemeanor. It is punishable by a jail sentence of up to twelve months, and a fine of up to $2,500, either or both.Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Danville Area Humane Society at 799-0843.