Animal shelter officials say 'drop n dashes' happen too often - Tucson News Now

Animal shelter officials say 'drop n dashes' happen too often

One of nine puppies abandoned at Park Place Mall has died. Others in the litter are being treated for parvo. (Source: KOLD News 13) One of nine puppies abandoned at Park Place Mall has died. Others in the litter are being treated for parvo. (Source: KOLD News 13)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona picked up a litter of puppies at Park Place Mall and now some are fighting for their lives.

The nine puppies were abandoned outside the Park Place Mall early Wednesday morning, Oct. 12.

Officials with the humane society say the puppies were found in a plastic tub outside of the PAWSH pet boutique store, which is owned by HSSA.

HSSA staff discovered the puppies have the parvo virus. One of them died.

HSSA Director of Marketing and Communications Vanessa Ford said situations like this are all too common, and are preventable.

It is crucial that pet owners spay and neuter their pets, and get them their proper vaccinations, she said.

According to Pima Animals Care officials, intakes across the county have been consistently decreasing over the past several years. However, they do see a spike over the summer months because of the animal breeding cycle.

PACC agrees with HSSA’s statement that such “drop n’ dashes” happen more than they should in Tucson.

Both agencies say it is crucial that pet owners spay and neuter their pets, and get them their proper vaccinations.

Last year, there was a proposal to increase drop-off fees at PACC. But that did not pass.

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