Deceased Puppy Found Abandoned in Crate in Schuylkill County; Reward Offered For Information

On Friday, March 25th, a deceased female puppy was found in a tan and green pet carrier at the intersection of Route 901 and Keystone Boulevard in Foster Township.

The crate was discovered around 5:00am.

The puppy was described as blue eyes; a brown patch over her right eye; her nose was pink and tan.

Inside the carrier,  there was no blanket but a pee pad with urine and feces inside the tan and green plastic carrier and was recently deceased when found;  her age was approximately 10 weeks.

The puppy, named by Hillside to be "Keystone" also had her ears cropped and stitched neatly. "It seemed to be a professional job". We need to ask, what "professional" would surgically sever parts of any dog's ears and not require a vaccine history first? She had little chance to live a life gently and without discomfort it seems." according to Janine Choplick, of the Hillside SPCA.

A veterinarian examined Keystone and found her to have the parvovirus, a preventable, highly contagious, and fatal (if not aggressively and immediately treated) virus.

Unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are the most at risk. Parvo can include lethargy; loss of appetite; abdominal pain and bloating; fever or low body temperature (hypothermia); vomiting; and severe, often bloody, diarrhea. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid dehydration, and damage to the intestines and immune system can cause septic shock. Simple puppy shots could have stopped this from happening. We know Keystone suffered tremendously in her short 10 weeks of life.

The Hillside SPCA along with the Pennsylvania State Police are looking for information regarding who abandoned the dog.

Anyone with information should contact the Hillside SPCA at 570-622-7769 or PA State Police Animal Cruelty Liaison at 610-681-1850.



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