LANSING-Local authorities are asking for community support in tracking down the individual or group involved in leaving puppies along the roadside in Lansing last week.
“Yeah, it absolutely makes me mad,” Ashe County Animal Control Director Joe Testerman said March 10. “Especially when you see something that somebody has just pitched on the side of the road like this.”
According to Testerman, ACAC received a call at roughly 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 9, about puppies that had been abandoned on Fees Branch Road in Lansing. Testerman and ACAC Officer Shatley responded and found three small Terrier mix puppies “laying in and around a cardboard box in a the ditch line beside the road and left for dead.”
On the boxes exterior, someone had scrawled “Born Christmas Eve,” and “Please love us,” in red ink.
Testerman said the puppies were in relatively good health, if slightly thin.
“These puppies would not have survived on their own and would have suffered and ultimately died,” Testerman said. “We collected the three little hungry puppies and transported them to the animal shelter.”
At present, Testerman said he had no leads in the case and admitted that animal abandonment cases like this one are generally hard to solve, unless a witness catches someone in the act.
In this particular case, Testerman said the puppies were pitched out on a fairly isolated stretch of Fees Branch Road that lies close to the Virginia border.
“There’s no way to tell for certain, but the box looks as though it may have been set up at something like a yard sale or a flea market as a way to get rid of the dogs before they left them on the roadside,” Testerman said. “Maybe somebody remembers seeing that somewhere or maybe even someone’s conscience will get the better of them and they’ll admit to it or pass on information about whoever did this.”
Testerman said the pups are currently adjusting to their new surroundings, and said local animal rescue groups are already finding new homes for the Terriers.
“I’ll place a stray hold on them, but I don’t think we’re going to have any problem finding a good spot for these guys,” Testerman said. “We are asking the good people of Ashe County to come forth with any information that might help us bring this person(s) to justice. There are proper ways of surrendering unwanted animals to either Animal Control or to Local Rescue groups, but dumping them out and leaving them for dead is not the right way, it’s downright cruel and heartless, so if anyone has any information that might help please call Animal Control 336-982-4060.”
Reach Adam Orr at 336-489-3058.