MARSHFIELD – The litter of puppies rescued from a garbage can in Marshfield are healthy and being cared for by a foster family, a local animal shelter said on Wednesday.
The Australian Shepherd Labrador puppies, now 2 weeks old, are healthy and growing and are temporarily with their mother in the foster home, said Kaitlin Loberg, manager of the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter.
Seller Mark Theobald found the eight puppies on February 28 in the 800 block of East Fourth Street while visiting a neighborhood home. Theobald said he heard crying coming from the trash and thought the animals were cats.
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“I thought between the cold wind and the snow, I would check them out,” he said in a statement.
When he opened the trash can, he saw a bag moving. Marshfield Police rescued the puppies and took them to the shelter.
Police announced on Tuesday that they had asked Wood County prosecutors to charge Robert M. Wild, 56, of Marshfield, with the misdemeanor of animal abuse and abandonment of animals. No charges had yet been filed Wednesday afternoon.
“We are grateful that the puppies were found when they were found thanks to the swift actions of the person who found them and the police department,” said Karen Rau, founder of the shelter.
Puppies will not be available for adoption for two months, and the shelter is not accepting applications for puppies at this time, although donations are welcome.
“We first need to make sure these guys grow tall and strong,” the shelter said on its Facebook page.
Those interested in adopting a puppy in the future should follow the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter on Facebook. Details of the adoption will be available after April 11, according to the shelter.