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Puppies thrown away in Colorado Springs apartment dumpster

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Someone threw away three newborn puppies in a dumpster in a Colorado Springs apartment complex last Friday.

A neighbor was able to rescue the dogs but sadly one didn't make it. Now, it has folks across the area fired up.

Tossed in a trash bag of cigarette boxes, Uncrustables and Boil-In-Bag rice, a neighbor found three newborn puppies at the bottom of this freshly emptied dumpster.

"That kind of cruelty should get the worst kind of penalty," Gene Schermerhorn, a neighbor said.

Luckily, that neighbor rescued the puppies and took them to an emergency vet who has been giving them round-the-clock care ever since.

Sadly though, one of the three dogs didn't make it through the first night. 

"The thing I'd like to say to them most is shame on you for doing this because there were so many other options you could do other than throwing those poor little helpless puppies in a trash dumpster," Schermerhorn said.

Schermerhorn wasn't the person who found the puppies but he's lived here at the Sierra Pointe Condos near Academy and Rebecca Lane for more than 20 years and is still in disbelief.

"I just think it's terrible that someone would be so heartless as to throw newborn puppies or kittens away in a dumpster and just leave them there to die, that's what they did," he said.

Leaving other neighbors fired up.

"All kinds of people want puppies, little small ones and so for someone to just throw them away, I think it's crazy," Gilbert Pete Martinez, a neighbor said.

The person who did find the dogs left behind this note on the dumpster, asking neighbors to look out for a dog that has recently given birth and report it to Animal Law Enforcement.

"Animals are helpless, especially newborn animals, they can't take care of themselves, they rely on their mothers and they rely on their humans who love them or should love them and care for them to take care of them," Schermerhorn said.

Animal Law Enforcement said they will investigate this case as soon as it is reported to them but they say, at this point in time, it hasn't been reported yet.

Colorado Springs Police said in situations like these, the person responsible could face animal cruelty charges if they are found.

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