Twelve puppies found abandoned behind dumpster in Madisonville

MADISONVILLE, Tex. (KBTX) -- A dozen puppies found dumped and abandoned behind a Madisonville business will soon be available for adoption. In the meantime, the city is looking for the person who did it.

A bin was found tucked behind a dumpster at Madisonville’s Family Dollar on Sunday. Inside were 12 eight-week old puppies.

"Oh my goodness, how could somebody have done this? I'm on my way right now," recalled Ellie Haynes, Madisonville’s Animal Control Officer, of her reaction.

Haynes got the call Sunday afternoon, and she rushed to the scene.

"There's always a better option, you know? You can't always understand why someone would do something like that," Haynes said.

Aside from being a little dehydrated, Haynes says all 12 puppies are healthy.

"Luckily, somebody was observant and paid attention and reported something that needed to be reported so that they could get help," Haynes said.

Madisonville Animal Control posted about the incident on Facebook, and it now has over 7,000 shares. The First Responder Animal Rescue group is offering $700 for anyone who has any information that leads to finding the crooks.

"We have so much of it, cruelty, abandonment, stuff like that, so I think a message needs to be sent," said Madisonville Chief of Police Herbert Gilbert.

Chief Gilbert says the criminals could be charged with cruelty for each of the animals.

"I think the public and the people who do things like this, we can do better," Haynes said.

Animal control says the puppies will be available for adoption in about two weeks. They also want to remind the public there are plenty of places to take a pet if you can't care for it yourself, and animal control or a shelter can help.