Puppies doused with fuel, abandoned in Phoenix


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 6:23 PM

PHOENIX – Four puppies that were doused with gasoline or diesel fuel and abandoned near 43rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street in Phoenix Friday evening are looking for new homes.

A man found the German shepherd mix pups in a plastic bin near some mailboxes and reeking of gasoline, according to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. It was raining and cold at the time.

"They were cold and shivery and just covered in gas," MCACC spokeswoman Melissa Gable said.

The dogs were taken to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control where kennel staff washed them multiple times to remove the fuel.

Gable said the fumes could have done damage to their lungs or they could have been poisoned if they had ingested a lot of it.

"They're lucky that this gentleman found them and that he called right away to get them some assistance," she said.

The three females and one male are approximately 2 months old. They are healthy and ready to be adopted.

They will be available at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Under One Woof adoption location inside Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix. The adoption free is $100 for each puppy.

Those interested in adopting the puppies should know that they are playful, a little messy, not house trained and will get big.

A drawing will be held if more than one person is interested in each puppy.