WALKER, LA (WAFB) - Ten puppies are now being treated for heat exhaustion, thirst and hunger after they were found in an abandoned ice chest, not far from Walker Animal Control on Ball Park Road.
Mary Gray with Walker Animal Control says a neighbor saw the ice chest in a wooded lot across the street from her house when she arrived around 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
Gray says the puppies were all very hungry and thirsty and she couldn't put water bowls out fast enough for them. She says it is obvious they were scrounging for food and eating just about anything to stay alive. Two puppies appeared to have a heat stroke and are now being treated.
The puppies are believed to be a hound mix.
The pups are not ready for adoption yet. By law they have to be at the Walker Animal Control for five business days to make sure they are healthy enough to leave.
SPCA of Livingston offering a $300 reward for any tips leading to an arrest of the person(s) who abandoned the puppies.
If caught, the person(s) responsible could face ten counts of aggravated animal cruelty, which carries a penalty of up to $5,000 per animal and/or a year in prison.
The Walker Police Dept are now investigating.
The SPCA provided a photo of the 'MacGyver' repair to the Igloo ice chest, in hopes maybe someone would recognize it.
If you have any information about the abandoned puppies, please call the Walker Police Department at 225-664-3125.