Wisconsin man, 56, ties up and throws eight newborn puppies into the trash before they are rescued by passerby who heard their cries
Robert Wild, 56, was arrested in Marshfield after the tiny dogs were heard crying and taken to a local animal shelter.
A Wisconsin man was arrested after he allegedly tied up eight newborn puppies in a garbage bag and tossed them out in the trash.
A passerby heard the tiny dogs crying out for help and immediately alerted authorities, leading to the arrest of 56-year-old Robert Wild, Daily Mail reports.
The Australian Shepherd-Labrador puppies who are barely two weeks old are currently recuperating from their ordeal at a local animal shelter. Meanwhile, Wild's Facebook profile shows him leading another pet at a dog show.
That said, the puppies are now doing well and may be up for adoption in the coming months, according to authorities. In a statement, police said they "were dispatched to a complaint of the sound of kittens coming from a garbage can."
"Upon arrival, it was learned that the sound was coming from 8 newborn puppies which had been discarded in a garbage bag and trash can," the statement read. "The bag was removed and the puppies were transported to the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter. Contact was made at the residence and a 56 yr old Marshfield male was arrested and transported to the police department after admitting to discarding the puppies. Misdemeanor charges were requested through the Wood County DA’s office on Robert M. Wild for mistreatment of animals and abandonment of animals."
Passerby Mark Theobald found the eight puppies on February 28 after he heard their cries coming from the trashcan. Mark, who initially thought it was the noise of kittens, spoke to the Marshfield News-Herald. "I thought between the cold wind and snow, I’d check on them," he said.
"The puppies are safe and in foster care," a spokesman for the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter said. "At this time, adoption applications are NOT being accepted (we need to focus on making sure these guys grow up big and strong first!) but donations ARE welcome!"
According to Marshfield police, Wild was charged with mistreatment and abandonment of animals after he admitted to leaving the puppies in the trash.
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