Mesa mother takes in abandoned puppies

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- Witnesses say someone dumped two puppies and left them to fend for themselves in the middle of a busy east Mesa parking lot. The woman, who is now caring for them, is hopeful they will find a good home soon.

Melissa Morris named the two brothers Oreo and Brownie. They may appear to have a unique spotted coat, but a closer look reveals something much more. The pit bull puppies are suffering from what's commonly known as mange, a type of inflammatory skin disease caused by parasitic mites.

"They could die if not treated," Morris said.

The mother of five said she was dropping one of her daughters off at karate class last week when she noticed the puppies wandering in the Albertsons parking lot near Baseline and Ellsworth roads. She said she soon learned they were abandoned and knew they'd have a grim fate if she didn't take them home to foster.

Their severe neglect has proven costly for Morris.

"We still have to get their shots, we're picking up their medicine tonight, their neutering and follow-up visits," she said.

Morris is hopeful the pups will make a full recovery and eventually find their forever home.

Morris said she can't understand how someone could abandon the animals.

"I hope they realize what they're missing out on," she said. "They are great boys and I hope they don't think they can get away with something like this."

Morris is in contact with several rescue organizations.

Donation information for Oreo and Brownie:
Wells Fargo account number 6240856275