Animal rescue groups come together to save abandoned puppies

Animal rescue groups come together to save abandoned puppies

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Several animal rescue groups are rallying together to look for puppies that may have been dumped in the desert near the Pima County Fairgrounds earlier this week.

Two puppies have already been found but volunteers said they believe two more are still out there.

According to Shawna Barroga, a member of the Lil Bit of Love rescue group, volunteers began searching for the puppies Tuesday night after a message was posted to the Corona de Tucson community Facebook page.

Daniel Martinez, who lives in the community, said he wrote the post on behalf of his girlfriend. Martinez said his girlfriend spotted the puppies in the grass in the desert near Interstate 10 and South Rita Road.

The puppies got scared and scattered into the desert so Martinez reached out to the community for help.

"Sure enough, by the time we got back (to the area), there were about five or six cars looking for the dogs," Martinez said.

The group believes someone dumped the dogs.

"As bad as they were, I wouldn't be surprised if they had been out there a few days," Barroga said.

A sergeant with the PCSD who was working at the Pima Regional training center managed to find two of the four puppies near the department's firearms training facility on South Rita Road.

Nicole Linneen, director of Lil Bit of Love, posted on her personal Facebook and said the dogs were "severely dehydrated, hungry, exhausted, stung by bees and full of cactus."

The puppies were rushed to the Pima Animal Care Center but one had to be euthanized while the other is "struggling to stay alive."

PACC spokesperson Justin Gallick said the puppy started having uncontrollable seizures and had to be put down.

"They were not in good shape at all," Gallick said.

According to a post by Heartz4Paws, most of the volunteers stopped searching around 7 p.m. Wednesday but many plan on starting up again Thursday morning.

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