MADERA, Calif. — On Sunday night a Madera man was taking out the trash when he heard crying. Buried under layers of trash was a bag of puppies.
“I was about to throw the trash out and I heard a puppy crying and I’m like what, puppies?” said Luis Mora.
He said when he put his trash in the dumpster, there was more whimpering. When he looked under the layers of garbage, he saw a bag.
“When I see the bag moving I got scared and didn’t know what to do,” said Mora.
He opened the bag and 4 puppies were inside crying and not moving.
“They were hard breathing, exhaustion, hot, hungry,” said Mora.
He called Madera police and with their help he got them to the Madera County Animal Shelter.
Now they are with a loving foster family. The puppies are still learning to walk and are only just opening their eyes.
It is still too early to tell what their breed is.
“It is disheartening to see so many abused,” said Kirsten Gross, Director of Madera County Animal Shelter.
Kirsten Gross with the Madera County Animal Shelter said they are getting calls of dumped dogs on a daily basis and her shelter is filled to the brim.
As the call came in for the puppies in the trash, a mal-nourished lab mix was also left on the side of the road.
“They are not disposable. It’s actually illegal,” said Gross.
Luis said he is thankful he was in there at the right place at the right time.
“I feel proud I found them and did the right thing,” said Mora.
Madera County Animal shelter officials said this could all be prevented by getting your pets spayed and neutered. There are programs to help pay for the procedure.
The puppies will be up for adoption in about 5 weeks.