NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WAVE) - Southern Indiana Animal Rescue is asking the community for help as it fosters two neglected puppies.
An organization member, Elizabeth Starck, said her office was contacted Tuesday evening when a man in New Albany found the two puppies on his porch. It appears they have a skin condition that has progressed so severely that their bodies are covered in scabs.
Starck volunteered to foster the two puppies, whom they’ve named Tilly and Glory. They appear to be pit bull mixes and approximately 12 weeks old, she said.
After their initial examination with a veterinarian, it was determined that they have two infections, intestinal worms and lesions covering their bodies. Glory has a UTI and appears to be improving. Tilly has a fever and was admitted Thursday afternoon for further observation. Both puppies were given medication and pain relievers.
With more people at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, adoptions have increased, but Starck said they’ve been seeing more cases of animal abuse and neglect recently.
“Even in the last few weeks, as people go back to work, our intake has been out of control,” Starck said. “People are realizing we’re back to work now, we can’t care for these dogs and people don’t have the finances to take care of dogs. So we’ve seen a lot more neglect than we have in a while.”
The organization is asking for donations while they nurse the puppies back to health. They are in need of basic items for puppies like blankets, training pads, toys and food. Once they’re healthy again, Starck said they’ll be ready for adoption. Visit the Southern Indiana Animal Rescue website to find out how to help.