Hundreds line up to adopt abandoned puppies

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by Casey James

Video reported by Casey James

Posted on November 27, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 5:59 PM

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of people lined up Wednesday in hopes of adopting the four puppies that were doused with gasoline and abandoned in the West Valley last week.

Because so many people attended the event at Under One Woof adoption center in Metrocenter Mall, a raffle was held to determine who would take home a puppy.

"I'm so excited," said the woman whose name was selected. "I can't believe it. It was just really sad. We felt so bad for them. We love our little doggies and we just wanted to give them a home because we felt so bad for them."

Four different families received a puppy from the drawing.

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control said a man found the four German shepherds in a plastic bin near 43rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street on Friday evening. It was cold and raining at the time.

Animal Care and Control spokeswoman Melissa Gable said the gasoline could have poisoned the puppies or damaged their lungs if they had ingested too much of it.

But after several baths, the 2-month-old puppies -- three females and one male -- were determined healthy.

Phoenix police are still searching for the person or people who abandoned the puppies.

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