Abandoned puppies: Clayton police believe a person left them in Shaw Park

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CLAYTON, Mo. - Clayton police are asking for the public's help in finding the person who abandoned five puppies in Shaw Park earlier this week.

According to Corporal Jenny Schwartz, a spokeswoman for the Clayton Police Department, officers rescued a litter of five puppies around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 15.

We're told someone bicycling in the park heard the puppies whimpering and called authorities. The puppies were found next to a dumpster in the parking lot.

Clayton police found the pups on top of a blanket with two trash bins concealing them.

"Initially, there was some anger. There's definitely sadness. We're concerned about these animals. We're concerned about what might be happening in the home that they came from," said Clayton Police Corporal Jenny Schwartz.

The puppies were brought to a local veterinarian, who determined they were healthy but in need of round-the-clock care. We're told the pups are so young that a breed hasn't been determined yet.

Investigators believe the puppies were left there by a human and not their mother. Their umbilical cords were still attached and police estimated they were less than two days old when they were found.

"We're trying to find out why these dogs were abandoned the way they were," Schwartz said. "We're looking for information as far as anyone that may have been in the park around that time, anyone that knows of an animal that was expecting puppies and, all of a sudden, we don't know where the puppies are."

Clayton residents Sue Harper and her husband walk their dog all the time in Shaw Park. This case has left them upset.

"The thought of sweet little animals discarded with trash is just horrible," Sue said.

Three of the puppies are now being fostered by Clayton police officers, one by a Clayton firefighter, and one by a Ladue police officer.

Sue wants whoever abandoned the puppies caught by police.

"I want to hold whoever did this accountable. I mean, it's so cold; it's a heartless thing to do," she said.

Corporal Schwartz said charges in the case potentially ranging from misdemeanor animal neglect to felony animal abuse.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Clayton Police Detective Bureau at 314-290-8409.

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