MIAMI (WSVN) – A mother and her daughters came upon an unexpected find while walking in a South Florida park: 17 abandoned puppies.
Diana Hernandez said she took her family to the neighborhood park in Southwest Miami-Dade, Sunday afternoon. “I just woke up that day, and I’m like, ‘Let’s go to the park,’ and thank God we came,” she said.
Hernandez said she suddenly spotted something odd in the middle of the park. As she got closer, the good Samaritan realized it was a blue plastic bin.
Hernandez then leaned in to look inside, and that’s when she found the Labrador mix puppies. “I was like, ‘Puppies?’ I thought, ‘Oh, maybe they’re for sale,’” she said.
But they weren’t for sale. They had been dumped, likely left to die. “I don’t know who could have the heart to do that. It’s heartbreaking,” said Hernandez. “I couldn’t believe somebody could do that to such cute little puppies. I couldn’t believe it.”
The puppies sat on top of one another, covered in fleas and ticks, with no food or water.
Cellphone videos captured the 5-week-old puppies frolicking in the grass and playing with Hernandez’s daughters. “There was this really cute [puppy],” said one of Hernandez’s daughters.
Hernandez took the canines home and contacted Paw Patrol Animal Rescue and Sanctuary. “It’s horrific,” said Annie Garay with Paw Patrol. “It’s hot in Miami. They were under no cover.”
The animals were taken to Crossroads Animal Hospital in Kendall.
Garay said she’s certain the abandoned animals would not have lasted long alone in the park. “People need to be responsible. I mean, spaying and neutering a dog makes all the difference,” she said.
A few days made a world of difference for these puppies. Most of the puppies are currently in foster care with Paw Patrol and Little Paws of Love Rescue.
They will soon be put up for adoption, all thanks to a day in the park and a good Samaritan’s actions. “I really, really hope they find happy families that will take care of them, honestly,” said Hernandez. “That’s all I wanted for them.”
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