(Special to the American Press)
Otis, one of the 10 puppies abandoned on the side of the road.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:07 PM
Animal rescue group Bayou Bullies Rescue and Rehabilitation is asking the public for assistance to help save 10 newborn puppies that were found Sunday night in Sulphur. The puppies, about five days old, were found in a small box at the roadside on Texas Street.
Crystal Flowers, the group’s vice president, said the couple who found the puppies contacted her group Monday night. “These puppies were found crying on the side of the road in a little box — literally like trash,” Flowers said. “The couple took them home and went and got supplies, God bless them, and bottle-fed them all Sunday night and all Monday.”
Flowers said that once her group was contacted, it took four hours to find foster homes to place the puppies in. She said the puppies need a lot of care and require feedings every three hours. She said that since the puppies are so young — their eyes and ears aren’t opened yet — many are starting to get sick.
“We are working with three different vets on the phone because we are trying to raise donations to have funds to bring them in,” Flowers said. “It’s going to cost us $4,000 just to vet them with shots, spays, neuters and microchips. They are helping us over the phone right now, giving us tips, telling us what to buy for them and what to put in their formula.”
Flowers said some of the puppies are having digestion problems, one won’t eat, and some are starting to leak clear fluid from their eyes and nose.
“If that continues, pneumonia can set in because they sat outside by themselves with nothing,” she said. “Then here we are trying to shove formula down their throats and their systems just can’t keep up.”
Flowers said the group has set up a Go Fund Me account, which can be accessed via the Bayou Bullies Facebook page. The public can also donate to the group’s account at Southside Animal Hospital in Lake Charles.
Flowers said the group will hold an adoption event at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Misha’s Pets in Lake Charles so people can donate supplies for the puppies— formula, pacifiers, potty pads.
Additionally, Flowers said, she is working with authorities to find out who abandoned the animals.
“I want somebody to come forward because somebody has got to know who did this,” she said. “That’s a crime. It’s animal cruelty.”