PHOENIX - Let’s face it, puppies are just plain cute.
That’s why Andra Jeffress, who runs the ABC Adoption Shelter in north Phoenix, was heartbroken to hear about abandoned puppies found locked in an apartment for days without food or water.
"When I saw the email, I jumped on it," Andra said. "The condition of these dogs was just terrible."
The email was from another rescue group who had heard the puppies were living in horrible conditions.
"The renters had moved out and not notified anyone. Unfortunately it happens all too frequently. We get emails and calls about this constantly," says Andra.
The five puppies were emaciated, starving to death and possibly dealing with disease or parasites.
"There are a lot of things we don’t know about them. We don’t know if they're carrying the Parvo virus or distemper because they have no vaccination history," explains Andra.
And now, after just a few days of TLC, things are starting to look up for "Skinny", "Shorty", "Ears", "Scarface", and "The Shy One."
Andra can't believe these dogs survived for as long as they did without food and water. She hopes that they will soon have a good place they can call "home".
"When you see a situation like this, all you want to do is help them out and give them the best chance possible to live in someone's house and sleep on a kid's bed and have a good life." said Andra.
The puppies aren't ready for adoption. They are being checked out to make sure they are nice and healthy before they go to a good home.
If you are interested in helping, ABC Adoption Shelter is asking for donations to help pay for the vet costs to get these dogs healthy.
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