Oct. 28 UPDATE: All of the abandoned puppies have been adopted, according to CBC.
Oct. 14 UPDATE: Donations have poured in and almost every puppy will be going to a new home. Check out the latest photos here.
Twenty puppies left in a Saskatchewan field to die are now thriving as animal welfare workers are swamped with support.
“They were found by a hunter in a field on a blanket and left to perish,” the Battleford’s Humane Society posted to its Facebook page. “There are 20 of them…yes 20!! All ranging in ages from 3 weeks to 5 weeks!! They are flea infested, hungry and cold but the vet says they should all be ok.”
Officials told local media there were several different litters – mixes of husky, labs and collies – scattered around the field near Glaslyn, Sask. on the evening of Oct. 3. They also speculated whether the animals were left as bait for coyotes. The shelter moved fast to get special formula into the pups. They will also receive vaccinations, deworming and be microchipped.
“Clean, warm and full bellies its time for these guys to have a nap!” the group posted in a Facebook update.
Greg Zubiak, the hunter who brought them in, is being called a hero by some, the Regina Leader-Post reported. But the humane society said he considers himself as a mere dog owner and regular donor to the society. He also doesn’t want the attention.
“He just thinks of himself as the guy who gave the dogs a ride,” the Leader-Post reported.
h/t Calgary Sun Photos Battleford’s Humane Society/Facebook