BC SPCA animal cruelty investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying the owner of a day-old puppy who was abandoned inside a shoe box at a bus stop in Maple Ridge on Feb. 4.
The black and white mixed-breed puppy, who weighed only 157 grams, was found in a shoe box inside a garbage bag under a bus stop bench on 207th Avenue.
SPCA officers rushed Peanut, as she is now known, to the Dewdney Animal Hospital, where Dr. Adrian Walton treated the puppy for hypothermia and seizures.
“We started feeding her every two hours but it had been so long since she had eaten her blood sugar level had dropped to the point of causing the seizures,” said Dr. Walton. The veterinarian adds that he believes there must be more puppies from the same litter and is worried about the fate of those puppies and the mother.
Peanut is now back with the BC SPCA’s Maple Ridge Branch where manager Mark Vosper is fostering the tiny pup. “She is out of danger and she is now eating every four hours,” says Vosper. “Meanwhile, we have launched a cruelty investigation and are seeking the public’s help in providing any information that may help us identify her owner or the whereabouts of any other puppies.”
Peanut was found wrapped in a small beige fleece blanket inside a PUMA shoe box for a pair of women’s trainers (size 7½). The box was placed in a garbage bag underneath the bus stop on 207th Avenue. The SPCA was alerted after someone heard whimpering and scratching from inside the garbage bag.
Anyone with information is asked to please call the Maple Ridge SPCA Branch at 604-463-9511.
Update - Feb. 8, 2011:
We are very sad to report that little Peanut died last night as a result of an infection.
“We are deeply grateful to Dr. Adrian Walton and the staff at Dewdney Animal Hospital for their excellent care of Peanut,” said Mark Vosper, manager of the BC SPCA’s Maple Ridge Branch. “We did everything we could to keep her alive, but she was just too tiny to fight off the infection. The only comfort we can take from this situation is that she did not die alone where she was abandoned – she was receiving every veterinary intervention possible and was surrounded by love and care.”
Vosper says there is no excuse for anyone to abandon an animal, particularly a newborn. “The owners could have brought the puppy to us or they could have taken her to a veterinarian. This poor little pup did not need to die.”
A BC SPCA animal cruelty investigation into the case continues. Anyone with information is asked to please call the Maple Ridge SPCA at 604-463-9511.
Note: The Maple Ridge Branch is open and fully operational during construction of the new Community Animal Centre.
The BC SPCA conducts nearly 7,000 cruelty investigations a year and is reliant on donations from the public to continue its work. Your gift can help to support cruelty investigations and bring abusers to justice. Please donate today.
Photo captions: Peanut, a newborn puppy (top) was found abandoned in a shoe box (bottom) at a Maple Ridge bus stop.
The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a not-for-profit organization reliant on public donations. Our mission is to protect and enhance the quality of life for domestic, farm and wild animals in B.C.