We are full of outrage as we tell you about four young puppies callously thrown from the back of a track and left to die. How can people be so heartlessly cruel?
It happened on New Year’s Eve, outside the gates of the APA El Refugio animal shelter that Network for Animals supports in Uruguay. In full view of a security camera, (please, watch the video!) a woman standing in the back of a flat-bed truck dumped the puppies, recorded casually throwing the last one away as the truck sped away.
APA volunteers immediately went to the rescue. They managed to save two of the babies, but two were already dead. The survivors were rushed to intensive care and given the best possible medical treatment.
APA’s Patricia and her colleagues filed a charge of animal cruelty with police; incredibly, despite the truck license plate being clearly visible, still no action has been taken against the sadists who did this.
APA El Refugio fought for two days to save the injured puppies, but they failed. The wounds the poor things received were just too severe.
Such callous abandonment is not uncommon. We can’t bring back the dead puppies, but we can honor their memory and help other poor, innocent creatures.
APA El Refugio does wonderful work in Montevideo. It is the only licensed animal shelter in the entire city of 1.3-million people! Animals that APA can’t rescue have virtually no protection from authorities and get no support from local or national government. APA El Refugio can only survive to help the city’s street dogs because of animal lovers like you who donate so the work can continue.
APA has a special place in our hearts because they are almost the only people trying to help an entire city’s street dogs. Without them, the eight pups needing care, and all the other dogs who live there, would be dead. It’s that stark.