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Puppy illegally dumped in Bainbridge continues gaining strength

Posted at 6:21 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-04 17:43:33-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A puppy who was fighting for his life after he and his siblings were dumped in a parking lot is getting stronger by the day!

The Leon County Humane Society posted an update on little Jiminy Cricket Wednesday afternoon.

Before, Jiminy could barely hold his head up and was still very tired. Now, they say the pup is playing and wrestling with his siblings.

While a lot of his hair fell out due to mange, they say it’s growing back slowly but surely.

"He has the sweetest disposition, we still haven’t heard him bark!" the society wrote on Facebook.

A puppy who was fighting for his life after he and his siblings were dumped in a parking lot now has a loving home in Tallahassee.

The videos and pictures of an emaciated and anemic puppy that was dumped overnight with at least six others in the parking lot of the Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society are disturbing.

The puppy that so many on social media were worried about, is now in a loving foster home in Tallahassee, getting some much needed TLC.

The puppy nicknamed Jiminy Cricket is doing a little better, but has a long road to recovery.

When the Bainbridge-Decatur Humane Society found him, he weighed less than four pounds and was barely strong enough to breathe.

The Bainbridge Humane Society was already at capacity, and Jiminy's condition was so bad, he needed to be seen by a vet in Tallahassee immediately.

Jiminy Cricket is now able to stand and hold his head up. He's still very anemic and tired but he's getting treatment for skin conditions, is being fed, and is being given lots of love.

Humane societies in both Leon and Bainbridge are full and in need of foster families. In Bainbridge, they've taken in 66 animals since Feb. 1.

The Leon County Humane Society helped find a foster parent for Jiminy, Shannon Colavecchio, who's agreed to give him around-the-clock care.

"The woman at the Bainbridge Humane Society did not think he was still alive at first when she saw him," Colavecchio said. "And of course we've seen the pictures of him, which were hard to watch. So, he is a fighter."

The Bainbridge-Decatur County Humane Society shared their security footage of the 4-door truck pulling up to the parking lot around 7:30 Monday night, and the passenger placing the box of puppies, including Jiminy, on the pavement.

They're still looking for the people responsible. If you have any information, you can report it to the shelter, (229) 246-0101, anonymously.