In the matter of two days, seven tiny puppies that were dehydrated, malnourished and had a bad case of worms showed up at the Marathon SPCA.
Deputies are now investigating to determine whether this was a case of animal cruelty, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
On April 20-21, the seven puppies showed up at the animal shelter — three were found in bushes by Walgreens, 10870 Overseas Hwy., a woman turned one in after finding it by the Marathon Shores Post Office, 11400 Overseas Hwy., and three more were found in bushes behind the KAIR shelter, 3010 Overseas Hwy.
The puppies are believed to be about 6 weeks old and are now in a foster home.
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The sheriff’s office obtained surveillance images from nearby Cash Flow Jewelry and Pawn showing a man carrying what appears to be a puppy in his arms.
Deputy Jamie Hughes Buxton is hoping to speak to the man or anybody else who may have information on the puppies.
Anyone with information is asked to call Deputy Hughes Buxton at the Marathon Sheriff’s Substation, 305-289-2430.