Two puppies have been left to drown, after having been trapped in a sealed aquarium. Luckily, they were discovered while there was still time to save them, and it is expected that they will make a full recovery.
The incident took place on Thursday, November 19, in the woods near a creek in Hinds County, Mississippi. Local resident Matt Williamson was strolling in the area, searching for his own lost dog, when he discovered a fish tank containing 2 black and white puppies struggling in vain to escape.
Upon carrying out a closer inspection, the man discovered that the glass container’s lid had been cemented. This means that if Williamson hadn’t found the captive animals in a timely fashion they would’ve surely suffocated after being left without air for too long.
Another equally bleak scenario is that the pups might have drowned, if water had somehow infiltrated through the lid, filling the tank completely.
Luckily however, immediately after making his discovery, Williamson contacted authorities, because he hadn’t been able to free the dogs himself.
Hinds County Sheriff’s deputies eventually arrived at the scene, and they managed to take the desolate animals out of their sealed trap.
The two puppies were subsequently taken by officials to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. According to Director Debra Boswell, it appears that the abandoned furry creatures had been left traumatized by their previous owners.
The two canines acted similarly to feral animals, showing few signs of domestication, and seemed not be accustomed to being petted and handled by humans.
Moreover, their body temperatures were excessively high (at around 103 Fahrenheit), which suggests that they had also contracted a type of severe and possibly contagious illness.
Consequently, they were administered medical treatment and have been placed in isolation, inside a quiet room where they can become more at ease.
As Boswell has added, in a few days, when the puppies’ health is restored back to normal, they will most likely be placed for adoption, and hopefully find a much safer and more loving home than before.
For now, the identity of the person who left the two pups to die on the banks of the creek remains a mystery.
However, Hinds County Sheriff officials are currently carrying out an inquest, to discover more details regarding this incident which could’ve had a much more heart-breaking outcome.
It’s unclear if Williamson managed to retrieve his own dog, or if he has resumed his searches in the meantime. Nevertheless, it looks like he was in the right place, at the right time, and was probably too overcome with emotion and pity to still pay attention to the original purpose of his pursuit.
Image Source: Twitter