PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Just before 9 a.m. today, a Phoenix woman called Maricopa County Animal Care and Control to check out a crate she had spotted.
Five puppies were inside the crate, which appeared to be abandoned near 3rd Avenue and South Mountain.
"The crate did have a blanket inside and a towel, but they weren't covered. They weren't supplied with food or water so we are not sure why anybody would abandon a crate of puppies like this," said Jose Santiago with MCACC.
The puppies were alone for at least 24 hours, braving the rain from yesterday and cooler temperatures. When the animal shelter received a call this morning, Santiago says they immediately sent their field officer.
"She said when she got there, all five of them stuck their heads up. They all started whimpering. They wouldn't get out of their crate. So she just scooped them up right up on the crate, put them in her truck and brought them right into us," Santiago said.
Santiago says they appear to be two months old and are healthy. But the type of breed is still unknown.
"They do appear to be some kind of shepherd mix, but we're not sure what they're mixed with so we are not sure how large they are going to get," Santiago said.
But what we do know is the lighter two are female pups, the darker two are males and they enjoy being together, especially in that crate where they were found in.
"I think that they find some type of security in that crate, so we went ahead and put it into this kennel environment with them just to give them that sense of security," Santiago said.
The puppies will be ready for adoption this Saturday, February 17 at the west MCACC shelter.