- Texas, USA -
The Austin Police Department is investigating after several dogs were abandoned in the parking lot of Randalls store off of South MoPac Expressway near West William Cannon Drive.
KXAN reports that police are not disclosing much information at the moment, and the details KXAN have were obtained from witnesses present on the scene.
Witnesses told KXAN that on the evening of Thursday, January 7, they saw “someone release a crate full of several small dogs, many of which went running to a nearby wooded area. A group of concerned neighbors has been working to locate these dogs and find them homes.”
Leslie Maguire told KXAN she was there that evening while she was running errands with her friend Cat Young.
While they were in their car, they drove around to get away from a crowded section and saw two cars parked at the far end of the lot.
Leslie saw a man lifting a large dog crate out of his vehicle and let five small dogs run out of the crate.
Leslie and Cat at first thought the furbabies were just being let out for exercise or to go to the bathroom.
Witnesses reported that neither the man nor the other people around him went after the dogs as they ran away.
Leslie and Cat noticed that the pups were running toward a nearby wooded area.
Other people who spotted the dogs running in the parking lot began to gather near Leslie to find out what was happening.
Another witness, Frances Maldonado, became concerned about the dogs and with Leslie they went in different directions to try and catch the poor babies.
They were able to find a female Chihuahua who was pregnant.
Leslie took the mom-to-be home.
She delivered her babies the following day!
The safe mom, now named Gizmo, gave birth to four puppies.
KXAN reports that Leslie posted on social media that other Austinites volunteered to search the area for the other dogs.
The search led to the discovery of two more dogs, and one of them, a male Chihuahua, is now living with Frances (last picture).
Frances said the poor pooch was dirty, had very long nails and had clearly not been brushed.
Leslie and Frances have alerted Austin police.
Frances said: “Kudos to everybody, that was a big team effort.”
As for Leslie, she is just ecstatic to be caring for the newborn puppies.
She said: “They are the sweetest little things you nearly ever saw. With all this junk going on in the world, it sure is nice to have a feel-good story.”
Meanwhile, Randalls was not aware of what was going on, and a spokesperson said: “In the event we are contacted by the police, we would make every effort to cooperate with the investigation.”
Austin Animal Services told KXAN these kinds of cases can be the responsibility of different departments depending on the situation, so it’s best to call 3-1-1 to report the situation, and if it needs to be addressed immediately, APD will be called.
Many thanks to all of you for stepping in.
Hopefully the furbabies unaccounted for will soon be found.
If you know of anyone who had these dogs and does not anymore, please come forward and speak up.
Contact Austin police. Every little detail can help! Thank you!
*Voice For Us believes that not reporting animal cruelty is the same as committing it!*