Who left these pups out in the cold?

Published: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 1:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 1:12 p.m.

A search is under way to find whoever abandoned 14 puppies in a remote area of Levy County during this week's freezing weather.

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A litter of 14 puppies was found abandoned in rural Levy County on Wednesday, apparently left to die in the freezing overnight temperatures.

Levy County Sheriff's Office

The 4- to 5-week-old puppies were found shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday outside Bronson on Blue Springs Road near Alt. U.S. 27. Levy County sheriff's Sgt. Carl Rogers said the puppies appeared cold and dehydrated but expressed their excitement at seeing him by running toward him and licking him.

In a news release issued Thursday about the puppies, sheriff's spokesman Capt. Evan Sullivan said: "If the puppies were not located it is believed that the puppies would have died due to the cold weather last night." He said abandoning the puppies in the cold is considered a felony because of the cruelty involved.

Levy County Animal Services officer Richard Hall took the puppies to the animal shelter, where they will be held until Saturday. Director David Weatherford said a canine rescue group will nurture the puppies back to health before they will be available for adoption to approved homes.

Anyone with information about who abandoned the puppies is asked to call the Levy County Sheriff's Office at 352-486-5111. Callers who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 877-349-8477.

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