In an unspeakable act of cruelty, six newborn puppies were put into a bag and dumped into the Blackstone River in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, in late September.
Mercifully, all of the week-old pups survived the harrowing ordeal.
According to the Uxbridge Police Department, the discovery was made by a kayaker on the river, who then contacted the authorities.
"An Uxbridge Animal Control Officer responded to the scene and took possession of the puppies," the department said in a Facebook post, on the day of the incident. "They are all doing well, considering the circumstances, and we believe they will all survive. The puppies are currently being kept together, and are being cared for by a professional until they are able to be adopted."
Since then, the department has been receiving countless requests from people who want to adopt the puppies. But for now, the pups will remain in the care of a local animal shelter. (The department assures that once the puppies are healthy enough for adoption, it will let the public know.)
While the puppies recover and grow stronger, in order to get to their eventual loving forever homes, the authorities are taking this extreme case of animal cruelty very seriously.
The Uxbridge Police Department, in conjunction with PETA, is offering up to a $5,000 reward for anyone with information about who committed this crime, so that the perpetrator(s) can be prosecuted and convicted.
"It takes a disturbing lack of empathy to pack six newborn puppies into a bag and drop them in a river to drown," PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien said in a statement. "Whoever did this is dangerous, and PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that the perpetrator can be stopped from hurting anyone else."
Photo: Uxbridge Police Department Facebook