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ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) -
Nine puppies will soon be up for adoption in Zachary after being found abandoned Monday morning in Clinton.
"Especially even with kittens we've been getting one or two here and there, puppies as well but certainly never as many as nine," said Lindsey Jarreau of the Zachary Animal Center.
Jarreau says the Zachary Animal Center took the puppies in after they were located by a construction worker on an old seat cushion in downtown Clinton in the middle of the road.
"We will continue to monitor them while they are in foster care here in the clinic and make sure they are healthy, continue to bottle feed them and hopefully get some help from the public to find homes," added Jarreau.
Animal center workers say the early summer months are typically the ones that see an uptick in abandoned animals, but Zachary Police Chief David McDavid warns anyone caught doing it will be fully prosecuted and could face jail time.
"Cruelty to an animal which can be considered abandonment is up to a $1,000 and six months in jail or both. The second time is not less than $5,000 and up to $25,000 and with or without hard labor which is a felony and spend some time in jail," said McDavid.
The puppies do have time now instead of a fate Jarreau says could have been much worse.
"With the heat and the fact they need to eat so often it definitely could have been a different ending for these babies."
Anyone who would like more information on adopting one of the puppies when they get older and stronger can head to the Zachary Animal Center Facebook page.