Several newborn puppies were dumped and left for dead at a suburban park earlier this week.
Four of the puppies were rescued Tuesday after a person spotted them in a trash can next to a public restroom at Highland Heritage Regional Park in Highlands Ranch. A fifth puppy was later found in the trash can; it had unfortunately died before it could be rescued.
Officers with the Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement unit immediately began providing treatment to help raise the puppies' body temperatures, which were all very low at the time they were discovered. Veterinarian staff were then able to stabilize the puppies, and as of Thursday they are doing well--though their long-term health is still unclear.
Authorities say they now want to find who is behind this "senseless act of animal cruelty." Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for anyone that can provide information that leads to locating the suspect.
The puppies are believed to have been between three and seven days old when they were discovered Tuesday. They are brown and black; their breed has not been released. Authorities ask that if anyone knows of a dog that recently had a litter of puppies that are no longer with her, or any other information that may help solve this crime, to call 719-913-STOP or text tips to 274637.