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Cops search for dog mom, abandoned as litter of 7 puppies, woman charged

A woman has been arrested after a litter of seven puppies was abandoned outside while the search for her mother continued, police said.

The Greenville Police Department in North Carolina released a CCTV image after “Good Samaritans” saw the animals being dumped and called out.

A Facebook post shared on Friday asked for information about the incident, along with a photo of two of the dark brown puppies.

Photo by the Greenville Police Department.
A video recording by Shaquta Laqure Armstead. The Greenville Police Department said the 36-year-old has been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty and seven counts of abandoning an animal.
Greenville Police Department

In the early hours of Wednesday, the police account wrote that Shaquta Laqure Armstead, 36, had been charged with seven counts of animal cruelty and seven counts of abandoning an animal after she vomited herself.

“Unfortunately we still have to find the dog mom. The puppies will remain in the care of the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina until they are eventually put up for adoption,” the Facebook post said.

According to statistics from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the puppies are among the millions of animals who end up in shelters across the United States.

Using figures from 2019, the organization said around 6.3 million animals end up in shelters each year. Of these, around 3.1 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats, with 390,000 dogs and 530,000 cats being euthanized.

However, that number dwarfs the number adopted each year as 2 million dogs and 2.1 million cats are placed in loving homes.

Photo by the Greenville Police Department.
A photo of two puppies from the Greenville Police Department. Police are searching for the dogs’ mother after seven were abandoned.
Greenville Police Department

The first Facebook post, which can be read here, was shared more than 2,000 times because it called for information.

“PLEASE HELP! The woman in the attached photo was seen dropping a litter of 7 puppies on a vacant lot in the Skinner/Myrtle Street area yesterday.”

“While we have a good idea of ​​who it might be, warrants have not yet been obtained and we are having trouble locating them.

“If you see this woman or this vehicle, PLEASE call us. We need to speak to her. These puppies desperately need their mother!

“Thank God for the Good Samaritans who saw the puppies being abandoned and called them.

“A special thanks also goes to the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina for providing these babies with the special care they need as we continue to investigate.”

The Humane Society shared its own post Friday with a list of items for the public to donate.

His Facebook post read: “We wanted to thank everyone who reached out and asked how they could help. The puppies are safe with us and are well cared for.

“At this time they are not available for adoption and as this is an ongoing investigation staff will not be disclosing any information about them to ensure their safety.

“We need Pedigree Puppy Chopped Ground Dinner With Chicken & Beef wet food and newspaper and puppy food.”

news week reached out to the Greenville Police Department and the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina for comment.

The graphic below, provided by Statista, shows where animals end up in shelters.

Infographic: Where animals are most likely to end up in shelters |  statistics You can find more infographics at Statista

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