It was a first for Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Tampa Police Department officers found a mama dog and her puppy running in a busy neighborhood and near the highway and brought them to the shelter.
But when police returned to the area they would make an alarming discovery. They saw a pink suitcase outside of a vacation rental and heard something.
“After returning to the scene to investigate further, they noticed a closed suitcase with squeals coming from inside of it, outside a vacation rental,” Humane Society of Tampa Bay wrote on Facebook.
When they opened it up they found six puppies stuffed inside.
It became clear that the mama dog and puppy they had found earlier was the mama of these six puppies!
“We are so grateful they returned to the scene to save these puppies,” the shelter staff wrote. “Mom, a Terrier Mix, is here resting, and all seven 5-week-old puppies are in our puppy nursery being taken care of by our amazing staff.”
The puppies are thought to be around 5 weeks old and were dehydrated when they came in but all are doing well now.
When they are old enough, the puppies will be put up for adoption.
Information on adoptions can be found on the Humane Society of Tampa Bay website.