Animals

Puppies Found Abandoned in Dumpster

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Two young mixed breed terriers are safe at County Animal Services after being discovered in a dumpster in Otay Mesa Thursday morning.

A passerby heard the puppies and found them inside a box in a dumpster near state Route 905 and Siempre Viva Road. The dogs were brought to a nearby gas station and Animal Services was called in. An animal control officer took the dogs to the County’s animal care facility in Bonita.

“It is illegal to abandon an animal, and it is also repugnant,” said Animal Services Deputy Director Dan DeSousa. “If a person cannot care for an animal, they can reach out to various rescue groups or contact the department, either for assistance or to take the animals.”

The female puppies are about four months old, and while dirty, they appeared to be healthy and otherwise well cared for. They didn’t have any identification but Animal Services is required to hold the animals until close of business on Tuesday, Nov. 17 to give the owner a chance to claim them. 

There is the possibility someone other than the owner took the puppies and abandoned them, and now their owner is searching for them.

If the owner doesn’t come forward, the dogs will become available for adoption on Wednesday, Nov.  18.   

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact