CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Five puppies that were left on the side of the road will be getting a chance to find a home.
The Chesapeake Fire Department said in a tweet Monday morning the pups were found on the side of a road. Crews helped rescue and care for the abandoned puppies.
Walter Amory and his dog Jacob walk at least four miles every day. On Sunday, their daily trip took them on Sondej Avenue in Chesapeake.
That’s when something caught their attention.
“I saw something black in the ditch, and it was wiggling,” said Chesapeake resident Walter Amory. “I didn’t know what it was. At first I thought it was a black snake or something, and then I got up closer and it was three puppies.”
He saw a trash bag next to them.
“It was a 13-gallon white bag, trash bag, and there were two puppies inside the bag still and they were soaking wet,” said Amory. “I don’t like to see animals suffer.”
Amory got the puppies out of the ditch and onto the road. A neighbor drove by, saw what was happening, and drove to nearby fire station 10.
“Next thing you know, here they come with the fire truck, then everybody’s holding the puppies,” said Amory.
10 On Your Side spoke with Chesapeake Fire Captain Paul Pongratz, who came to help the four-legged pups with his team of firefighters.
“We went ahead and wrapped them up in towels, and warmed them up and keep them clean, and then we made a makeshift water bowl, got them all a little more hydrated,” Pongratz said.
He says the neighbors were the true first responders and he’s glad they called for help.
“Not everybody knows what to do, but if you call the fire department, you’re going to get some kind of help,” he said.
Animal Control also arrived and took the four-week-old pups into their care.
“They were all eyes open, everything, staggered as they walked, they were just puppies,” said Amory.
Five helpless puppies, left to the mercy of mother nature, until Amory and Jacob walked by, giving these pups another chance at life.
“It angered me to have, here’s five puppies, four weeks old and somebody throws them in a ditch in a trash bag. That’s just sad,” Amory said. “I hope whoever gets them takes really good care of them, they’re pretty nice puppies.’
Chesapeake Animal Services says the puppies are currently in foster care. They should be up for adoption toward the end of the month.