Utica, N.Y. - The three Pitbull mix puppies that survived being left alongside a roadway in Schuyler are doing better.
They are being cared for at the Stevens-Swan Humane Society in Utica.
Stevens-Swan Humane Society Shelter Manager John Treen says the puppies came in about a week ago, "They were very emaciated, definitely malnourished, not fat enough. Upon further investigation they had lots of fleas, they were full of worms. So the fleas make them a little anemic and the worms not letting them process any good nutrition that they may have had at the time, but now they're doing great, they're happy, they're healthy."
The puppies were found along Newport Road in Schuyler about a week ago. Treen says a fourth puppy was found so malnourished it had died.
But who left them there to die with just a bowl of water? New York State Police do have an ongoing investigation. Treen is urging people to help, "Anyone that sees these guys and may recognize them, please contact the New York State Troopers and they can follow up and find out who took these guys."
If you do have any information you are asked to call State Police at (315) 366-6000.
As far as adoption goes, Treen says it may be a while before the puppies will be ready to be adopted, "We are going to keep an eye on them for a little while. We're not going to put them up for adoption right away. We want to make sure that there are no underlying issues with these guys."
Treen says the people who found the puppies are actually interested in adopting them, so they will be given first the opportunity when it comes to adoption, "They found these guys, they fell in love with them. We're going to have them come down as soon as they're ready to be seen and be shown and have them come down first and take a look at them."
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