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Dogs left to die in backpack doing well, investigation continues

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 10:01 PM CST
Reported by: Ewa Roman

LANCASTER -- Lancaster City Animal Control officers have a strong lead in the case of two puppies that were abandoned in the frigid weather; a backpack that belonged to whomever dumped the dogs, which were found Wednesday morning.

The low in Lancaster Tuesday into Wednesday was 4 degrees; it was 12 degrees when the puppies were found around 9:30 Wednesday morning.

The SPCA says that a man leaving his house noticed a backpack near his mailbox. When he looked inside he heard a scream and then saw the puppies almost frozen. He rushed the backpack and the puppies to the SPCA in Lancaster, where volunteers named them Lucky and Breeze.

Veterinarians who treated them believe they're between eight and 12 weeks old and are a Chihuahua and Yorkie mix.

"They came in cold, shivering, needing care that's for sure," said Jennifer Nield with the SPCA in Lancaster.

And after some treatment and care, they're recovering in a warm bed. But animal control officers aren't sleeping on the case. They are on the hunt for the person who stuffed them in a backpack and left them for dead.

"She was on the bottom and her little back end was full of ice so they were there for a while," Officer Karen Dinkle, an animal control officer in Lancaster, said.

"There is some mean people out there -- really cruel. I mean they tell people to bring your dogs in and here somebody goes and does that. They should have it done to them," Gladys Roderiguez of Lancaster said.

The person who abandoned the puppies will face animal cruelty and abandonment charges. Anyone with information is asked to call animal enforcement officer Karen Dinkle at 717-735-3453.

The puppies will not be up for adoption until this case is closed.
Dogs left to die in backpack doing well, investigation continues

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