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Dumpster puppies healthy, ready for adoption

Balcones Heights police rescued pups last month

SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Humane Society reports five puppies thrown in a trash dumpster and rescued by Balcones Heights Police last month are healthy and ready for adoption.

"Why put them in the trash? I would never throw away a living thing," said Stephanie Whiting, one of two foster moms who took in the five puppies.

The other foster mom already has decided to adopt one of the pups, said Seamus Nelson, a spokesperson for the Humane Society.

Before they were taken into foster care, Whiting said the dogs were riddled with fleas.

"My husband and I spent nights picking out fleas with tweezers between their toes, around their eyes, and they were hungry," Whiting said.

She also said they were hungry but didn't how to eat, but they certainly do now.

The puppies are among many others also needing homes and foster homes.

Joel McLellan with San Antonio Pets Alive! said the group with offices next to Animal Care Services, has seen a surprising influx of puppies, products of the city's stray animal population.

"We've got all sizes, shapes and breeds on site here," McLellan said.

He said many puppies are ready for adoption, but others are under treatment for ringworm or mange, conditions commonly found among animals living on the streets.

"We need short term housing where they can have a few weeks to recover from their medical condition," McLellan said.

He said medications would be provided, much like at the San Antonio Humane Society that also covers similar costs.

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