Plains Township, Luzerne County -- Three playful puppies are recovering at Luzerne County SPCA in Plains Township. So is their mom which is a pit bull mix. Someone abandoned the dogs in a crate in the woods. "With no access to food or water or anybody to find them, they won't survive," said Luzerne County SPCA Supervisor Vickie Vangorder.
Luckily, a passerby spotted the dogs last Friday but it was still too late for another pup in rough shape that died two days later. "This situation is just so sad... these dogs dumped on the side of the road," said Luzerne County SPCA Development Director Peggy Nork. All of the dogs were found in a crate off Meadow Run Road in Bear Creek Township. The surviving mixed-breed pups are sickly and undernourished. The mother dog appears to be in better shape. All are getting shelter, food and medication with the costs adding up by the day.
"It's between $60 to $100 per dog (per day)," said Ms. Nork. "So if you think about that we vaccinate everything that comes in, we have a vet look it over, our vet tech spends a lot of time with it." The surviving pups' rib cages are still visible after two months -- something that shouldn't be possible. But the staff here at Luzerne County SPCA still gives these pups a fighting chance. "They are fighters. We're very optimistic. We're hoping that they make it," said Ms. Vangorder.
The Bear Creek Township dog rescue is among a couple of others in Luzerne County in recent weeks... including one in Kingston Township where nearly two dozen dogs were found abandoned. The staff believes pet abandonment should never be an issue in this day and age. "If you can't afford your animals and you can't have your animals don't dump them alongside a road. Please bring them to the SPCA," said Ms. Vangorder. Ms. Nork added, "Just get it into a shelter so that we can take care of it and get it into its forever home."
Luzerne County SPCA could use some help with donations -- either food, money or volunteer hours -- before the days are eventually put up for adoption. You can contact the Luzerne County SPCA at 570-825-4111 for more information.
Meantime, authorities say the four surviving dogs did not have licenses which are required in Pennsylvania. The SPCA wants to hear from anyone who knows anything about the case so that they can prosecute the individual to the fullest extent of the law.