Last week Redding police discovered a litter of nine puppies while responding to a call of an illegal camp.
“And we had officers go and find the puppies,” community service officer Bob Brannon said. “Mom was actually in a cage and the puppies were running loose.”
The puppies were then turned over to the Haven Humane Society where employees cleaned the dogs and had them checked out by a vet.
“They were maybe a little bit thin,” captain of animal regulation Lee Anne Smith said. “Maybe not a lot of nutrition going on there. But they actually were relatively healthy.”
Smith says all the pups came back with a clean bill of health and are ready to find their forever homes.
“They are absolutely adorable,” she said. “They are about 7 to 7.5 weeks old. They are very playful ... and they are now available for foster to adopt because they're not quite old enough to get altered yet.”
Smith says they often assist police in cleaning up illegal camps, and they often find dogs in need of care, but it's rare to find a litter of this size.
“But we have an occasional problem, and this was because there was a great number of puppies and not enough food for them,” she said.
Smith says they are finding more animals because increased illegal camp sweeps by RPD.
But she says most unsheltered individuals actually take very good care of their pets.
“They're part of their life and part of their family and they provide everything they need for them,” she said. “Even though it may not look like that. Sometimes the animals eat before their people do.”
If you're looking to adopt one of theses puppies, you can contact Haven Humane Society in Anderson at (530) 241-1653.
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