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article imageRescued beagle puppies have been named Champ and Rocky

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Aug 4, 2010 in Crime
Two little beagle puppies who were so young their eyes weren't open yet were placed alive in a trash bag to die. Someone heard their cries and called the police.
Southfield, Mich.---The puppies who were previously reported on are now safely at Almost Home Animal Haven of Southfield. The puppies were named by staff at the animal shelter because of their fighting spirit.
The little puppies who can be seen here were placed outside in a trash-bag on a very hot day.
When Soutfield police responded to the call they found the two tiny puppies in the trash bag. They weren't moving when the bag was opened but after being in the fresh air they began to move and make some sounds.
The puppies, their mother and eight other dogs were taken to the Almost Home Shelter in Southfield.
freep.com reports the director of the shelter, Gail Montgomery, said Tuesday, "It was very traumatic yesterday, but things are settling down. They're doing fine, and the mom's doing fine. She's a little scared, but protective of her puppies. Montgomery added, "They're nursing. They're doing great. We're so happy, because we were so worried they weren't going to make it."
The owner was given four tickets which each carry a maximum penalty of a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. He was ticketed for animal cruelty, animal neglect, having unlicensed dogs and having more than three dogs according to a Southfield ordinance.
The shelter said the other rescued dogs were a fourth beagle, a bloodhound, a shepherd mix, a schnauzer, a schnauzer-shih tzu mix and three that appear to be beagle-schnauzer mixes.
Montgomery said, "They're so filthy. This is the third time we're going to wash them, and they still smell."
The owner of the dogs, who has not been named, came to the shelter trying to reclaim the dogs. He was refused.
Montgomery said of the dogs, "They're terrified. They're totally unsocialized. They're so scared, but they're not biters. It's like they're puppy-mill dogs, but they're not."
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