By ROGER AMSDEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The New Hampshire Humane Society found itself with eight new puppies Wednesday morning after a driver making an early morning delivery discovered them in two crates in the driveway.
The driver called Laconia Police who responded to the scene and moved the crates indoors where the puppies greeted workers at the shelter when they arrived.
It was the second time in six weeks that puppies have been left in the driveway at the Humane Society on Meredith Center Road according to Marylee Gorham, executive director of the organization, who said that she has reason to suspect that the puppies came from the same source as the five male puppies who were dropped off in mid-April.
She said that most recently abandoned puppies were from two different litters, one male and three females who are about 20 weeks old, and two males and two females who are about 12 weeks old.
"We're grateful that they don't appear to be undernourished and were left with us rather than being abandoned in the woods," said Gorham, who said that she wishes that the people who brought in the dogs had called the society and dropped them off during the day.
"At the end of the day, we're here to help the animals. It's a traumatic experience for the dogs to be left outside in crates overnight. There have been bears seen in the area so it can be dangerous for them," she said.
She said that the puppies appear to have been left off around 10 Tuesday night and were quite cramped in the crates and must have spent about eight hours in the dark before they were discovered.
The puppies are a mixed breed and may have some Collie and Labrador as well as Staffordshire Terrier lineage.
"We're going to worm them and check them out and make sure they have all of their shots. They'll be spayed and neutered and will be available for adoption or foster homes in a week or so. They're infinitely adoptable little pups and we think they'll make wonderful pets," said Gorham.
She said that the shelter now has 93 cats ready for adoption and the most recent arrivals push the dog population up to 22.
"It's something of a crisis for us to have so many dogs come in at the same time and can use any help the public can give us. Volunteers and cash donations would be the most helpful,'' she says.
Gorham said the last of the abandoned dogs who were left in April is Thor, who is the Humane Society's Pet of the Week this week and like the other abandoned dogs needs the reassurance and confidence that a loving family will give him.
Founded in 1900 by M. Jennie Kendall, the New Hampshire Humane Society was formerly known as the Women's Humane Society. Originally located in Nashua, the organization worked tirelessly for the welfare of women, children and animals.
The Women's Humane Society made its way to Laconia in 1935 and worked in conjunction with the southern branches until 1968. It was then that the Laconia shelter assumed sole responsibility for the animal welfare portion of Ms. Kendall's vision. The shelter gradually evolved into the organization it is today, assuring each animal exceptional care and comfort, gentle behavioral support, excellent medical treatment and specific adoption guidelines.
Four 12-week-old puppies get ready for naps at the New Hampshire Humane Society. They were found Wednesday morning abandoned in a crate in the driveway. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
Marylee Gorham, executive director of the New Hampshire Humane Society, comforts four 20-week-old puppies who were found Wednesday morning abandoned in a crate in the driveway at the Humane Society. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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