Halifax dispatchers, police, save abandoned puppies, found ‘shivering and dirty’

Haley Ryan, Metro Halifax
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HALIFAX - The future’s looking a lot better for a trio of abandoned puppies found shivering on a rural road by a concerned RCMP officer.

A volunteer with Litters n' Critters Animal Rescue holds the three puppies rescued by an RCMP officer in East Preston. The pups have been named Siren, Radar and Cuffs.

“We’re not going to have any problems finding homes for them,” said Litters n’ Critters Animal Rescue president Shelley Cunningham Wednesday.

The officer was on patrol on Lake Eagle Drive in East Preston just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, when he spotted the three dirty, skinny puppies, huddling together to stay warm.

Although they scattered when the officer approached, he was able to coax them into his car with some friendly words and patience.

They spent the evening at the Cole Harbor RCMP detachment before being taken to HRM’s Integrated Emergency Service Centre for a night of pampering by dispatchers with food and toys.

“It’s a really neat feeling to be able to help animals,” said Cunningham, who picked up the dogs  Wednesday morning.“The first thing I thought was ‘Oh my God, they’re cute.’”

Cunningham has given the little dogs suitably police-themed names: Siren, Radar and Cuffs.

She said the male, Radar, had frostbitten toes while one of the females had a broken tail, and the other a heart murmur.

“You look at them and think to yourself ‘My God, they could have just froze,’” Cunningham said.

All three pups have severe canine lice, so Cunningham said they have to be quarantined in a Pugwash kennel for about six weeks before they can be adopted.

Cunning said she “can’t keep up” with the requests from people wanting to give the puppies a good home – which she said shows that there’s always an alternative to abandoning an animal.

“There are so many rescues and shelters, and people looking for dogs. That’s what we’re here for,” Cunningham said.


Organizations: Integrated Emergency Service Centre

Geographic location: East Preston, Pugwash

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