Hunt for shady dog owner who dumped adorable pug puppies without food or water

Police have launched a hunt for a shady pet owner who dumped a litter of adorable pug puppies in a plastic box at the side of a busy road.

The seven pugs, four black and three golden, were abandoned without food or water on Sunday night at the side of a road in Neenah, Wisconsin, US.

The puppies are now in the care of Neenah Animal Shelter, an organisation set up to "humanely care for lost, surrendered, neglected, impounded and abandoned pets until loving, forever homes are found for them" according to their website.

Sharing images of the animals on Twitter, Neenah police said: "Does anyone have information about these dogs?

"They were located in a plastic tote near a residential sidewalk late last night.

"If so, please contact Neenah Police Department at (920) 886-6000, reference 22-007142.

"The dogs were taken to the Neenah Animal Shelter."

The animal shelter has since shared a video of the dogs being cared for in their new, temporary home.

In a post on Facebook they thanked the local community for "the outpouring of love and concern for these beautiful puppies", adding that people can come forward to adopt them.

Although they can't reply to every individual request, they encouraged concerned dog-lovers to fill out an adoption form if they wanted to help.

They added: "We are grateful to and thank the Neenah Police Department for saving these guys, bringing them to our shelter, and giving this situation the serious attention it deserves!"

Neenah police also shared their appeal on Facebook, explaining that they had contacted several homeowners near to where the dogs were found but failed to come up with any leads.

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They also asked anybody with information to fill out an online tip form, adding: "If your tip leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward."

Fortunately, it doesn't seem like the pugs will be without a home for too long as several people confirmed that they had filled out the adoption form on Facebook.

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