The starved and thirsty puppies rescued last week by volunteers at the Bread of Life food pantry are being being brought back to health and prepped for possible adoption, Wichita police say.
At the pantry on Tuesday, Phillis Allen showed up again as a volunteer – and heard praise from people who arrived to pick up food. They had heard about the puppy rescue.
“They said, ‘You’re one of the women who rescued those puppies,’ ” Allen said. “And I said, ‘Yes, I am!’ ”
Bread of Life volunteer Dolly Herbert found the pups in the dumpster last Thursday. Someone had apparently disposed of them there.
Allen ran out and fed and watered the dogs while others at the pantry called police. No arrests have been made.
“The case has been investigated as far as we can take it,” Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said Tuesday. “Without a good Samaritan coming forward, we are at a standstill. There was just very little information to go on when the puppies were found.”
The pups, a brown short-haired female of 10 to 12 pounds, and a smaller young Chihuahua mix, have been convalescing; the Chihuahua was in bad enough shape that police took it for a day to the Kutter Pet Care Center in Andover for recovery care.
That Chihuahua recovered enough that it was taken back to where the companion pup was recovering at the Wichita Animal Shelter, a Kutter staff person said.
“Puppies status is – both are going to be adopted out once the Animal Shelter and medical staff clear them,” Nolte wrote in an e-mail. “Interested parties to adopt can call the Animal Control Shelter (316-350-3366).”
Allen was still incensed about the cruelty on Tuesday. Had Herbert not found the pups in the dumpster, Allen said, they might have stayed in there and been killed the next day when the garbage truck makes a regular pick-up.
“I’m the only one who ever goes out to the trash,” Herbert said. “I’m glad I found them. Cute little things.”