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Puppies Rescued After Being Found Inside Trash Bag

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Posted at 6:18 PM, Sep 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-30 14:16:37-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL)-- Four puppies were found in a trash bag in south Georgia. Animal advocates say they were nearly hit by a car, and could have suffocated.

The puppies were thrown out like trash on a dirt road near the Echols and Lowndes County line, left for dead.

"It's sad, very heartbreaking," said Kellie Campbell with the Humane Society of Valdosta/Lowndes County. "When you see these cases you wonder what kind of people would do something like this."

The person who found the dogs said when he saw a trash bag moving down the road, he knew something was inside. He also saw a car run over the bag and just missed hitting whatever was inside.

To his surprise, four puppies burst out of the bag. The man rescued the pups, and they were taken to the humane society.

They were nursed back to health at Dr. Kyle Harrell's office in Valdosta.

Kellie Campbell works there, and says the puppies were so weak they couldn't stand up.

"(They were in) just really poor condition, covered in fleas, very very anemic," said Campbell.

The puppies are still recovering. They're about eight weeks old, lab mix puppies, now in the care of foster parents. Soon they'll be ready for adoption.

In the meantime, the humane society is making a plea to the public.

"Please don't dump animals," said Debbie Rumker, the pet adoption program director for the humane society. "If you can't keep them or take care of them, turn them into the shelter or call an animal rescue try to find them homes yourself, but don't dump them out to starve."

While animal advocates say they may never know who dumped the puppies, they say it's a miracle they were found.

If you're interested in adopting the puppies, you can email the humane society at pets@humanesocietyofvaldosta.org.