A dog rescued two kittens who were cruelly placed into a bag and left to die on an Iowan roadside.
When Reagan, a yellow Labrador, came across the bag, he dragged it all the way home to his owner.
Reportedly Reagan whined until his owner opened the bag. The Huffington Post reported when Reagan's owner picked up the sack, she heard faint cries coming from inside.
Linda Blakely, of the Raccoon Animal Sanctuary, said she'd received a "frantic" call from a woman after her dog had brought home a bag with kittens inside.
Iowa's WHO TV reported when the Madison County woman opened the bag, she was "unprepared" for what she would find.
She found two live kittens mewing, but there were others. It turns out the individual, who so heartlessly tossed the kittens into the bag and onto the road, sealed several kittens inside the bag and then subsequently left the bag in the road where it was hit by a car.
“When she reached in the horror of these kittens covered in blood and guts quickly revealed there was more that didn't make it," Blakely said. Adding, “It was gruesome, quite gruesome because the kittens; there was a litter of 4 or 5 of them and you couldn't tell if there were 2 or 3 in the bag because they had been run over by a vehicle. It was not a pretty sight.”
Blakely said it was a miracle the kittens survived, and if not for Reagan, those two kittens would not have made it.
“The instinct of the dog [Reagan] was to nurture and not kill the kittens. With all the blood some dogs would have responded to the scent. Reagan the dog is a hero,” says Blakely.
Sadly many animals are abandoned each year, however in this instance, this is a senseless and cruel way to abandon an animal, especially leaving the kittens little chance of survival.
The ASPCA reports millions of animals end up in shelters ever year, but it is "impossible to determine" how many strays are in the U.S. ASPCA said the average litters a fertile cat produces is 1-2 a year, with about 4-6 kittens per litter.
Estimates for stray cats are placed at 70 million, says the agency.
The two kittens saved by the heroic Reagan, are doing fine after a lot of careful tender care since their rescue three months ago. Volunteers at the Raccoon Animal Sanctuary affectionately call them the "bag kittens", but their names are Tipper and Skipper.
WHO TV reported, " All thanks to loving pooch and the kindness of a few animal lovers."
Tipper and Skipper are currently up for adoption at the Raccoon Animal Sanctuary.