Bound puppies to be fostered until adoption

Published: Sep. 12, 2018 at 7:39 PM CDT
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Wichita police say the owner of two puppies found with their muzzles bound could face misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

Eyewitness News went inside the apartment where the two six-week-old puppies were found on Wednesday by a maintenance worker.

"It made me sick to my stomach. I had tears in my eyes I was angry, upset, mad all at the same time," said Wes Petty.

He was looking for a leak from a broken pipe when he found the puppies - silent - inside a dog kennel.

"I saw a dog kennel in the corner. I didn't think there were any dogs in there because they didn't make a single sound while we were cleaning up the water mess," he said.

Petty immediately notified his boss and called the animal shelter. The Wichita Animal Action League (WAAL) also responded.

"[They were] sitting in their own urine and feces and it was a godsend, a happy moment for everyone once I knew that they were going to get the help they needed," recalled Petty.

WAAL says the puppies are brother and sister. A veterinarian says the rubber bands were likely around their mouths less than 24 hours.

While no the rubber bands didn't cause permanent damage, WAAL says, if Petty hadn't found them when he did, things could have been much worse.

"It's like a child. You can't do this to your pet and it's wrong all day, every day," said Petty.

The puppies are recovering and in good spirits.

Petty says he hopes they're able to stay together since they were found together.


"I don't need any praise for it. Let's just make sure they find a good home and make sure this person is charged," said Petty.

The puppies are in a foster home now, but they will be put up for adoption. Keep up with the pups and find details on the Wichita Animal Action League


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wichita Animal Control and the Wichita Animal Action League (WAAL) seized two bound puppies from an apartment Wednesday afternoon.

Sarah Coffman, the founder and executive director of WAAL, said an employee at the apartment complex found the puppies while searching for the origin of a burst pipe.

Coffman said the puppies were in a kennel and their mouths were bound with rubber bands.

Animal control picked up the animals. They were taken to a local veterinarian who determined that other than being muzzled, they were not hurt.

Coffman said the puppies will be fostered until they are adopted.

Posted by Wichita Animal Action League on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

We were alerted by a foster to two puppies in need. A friend who is a maintenance man, entered an apartment after a pipe above it burst, and was flooding the apartment. The smell overwhelmed him. Knowing dogs weren’t allowed, he looked in the kennel in the corner. Two puppies were huddled in ankle deep feces and urine, completely quiet. Their mouths were wrapped shut with rubber bands, to keep them quiet so the landlord wouldn’t find out. This Good Samaritan alerted a foster who alerted us. We called Animal Control who sped to the scene and met us. The sight and smell were atrocious. This video is their rubber bands being removed. Their screams of pain are hard to hear. A small, bizarre chain of events allowed us to rescue them just in time. The doctors do not think they will have any lasting tissue or nerve damage. But it was a very close call. They will be available for adoption in a few weeks and you can apply at if interested. Thank to you everyone who made this rescue possible. 💙

Posted by Wichita Animal Action League on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Recap of puppies who were seized with rubber bands tied around their muzzles

Posted by Wichita Animal Action League on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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