A man reported finding 17 puppies on the side of the highway, near the Temple exit of Interstate 20, on Jan. 17. He then took them to the Carroll County Animal Shelter in Carrollton, according to local Humane Society President Teresa Leslie.
David Padgett, foster care chairman for the Humane Society, took them home from the shelter to nurse them back to health and find homes for them.
“A man, who said he was homeless, was hitching a ride on I-20, on his way to Louisiana,” Leslie said she was told. “He had been taking a break at a truck stop near the Temple exit. He walked back to the exit and heard a noise in the bushes. He found a laundry basket and a box full of puppies.”
Leslie said the man didn’t want to leave them on the side of the road, so he walked back to the truck stop to look for someone to help. He enlisted the help of a woman pumping gas into her car, and she gave the man and puppies a ride to the animal shelter.
The woman did not sign her name on the shelter log.
“I was visiting the shelter that day, and the manager grabbed me by the arm and asked me to come see what they had,” Leslie said. “She lifted the blanket, and there were 17 puppies in two cages. She said the shelter didn’t have room for them and asked the Humane Society to help.”
Leslie said Padgett took all 17 puppies to his house to foster them until they could be adopted.
“Some had worms, and one had a small hernia,” she said.
Now, the puppies seem to be faring much better. They have been de-wormed, and all have had their first set of shots. They will be due for the second set in two weeks.
It is suspected that the puppies came from four different litters: seven from a bulldog/boxer mix; two from a Chihuahua litter; six from a Labrador mix, and two from a hound/spaniel litter. Altogether, there are 10 female puppies and seven males, ranging in age from 4 to 8 weeks old. They have been weaned, and before being placed in permanent homes, they will be spayed and neutered.
They are a friendly, lively bunch of puppies. Leslie fondly refers to them as “The Homeless Herd,” although they will not be homeless for long.
The puppies will be ready for adoption from the Humane Society in about a week, and each will cost $100. This includes the spay/neuter operation. Information will be posted both on the Humane Society’s website, www.carrollcountyhumane.org, and on
Facebook under Carroll County Humane Society.
— Jessica Fountain of the Times-Georgian contributed to this report.