Litter of newborn puppies dumped in trash can at Highlands Ranch park

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - Five newborn puppies were found dumped in a trash can at Highland Heritage Regional Park Tuesday and Douglas County Animal Law Enforcement is now searching for those responsible.

The puppies, which are estimated to be between three and seven days old, were found around 3 p.m. in the park near South University Boulevard and South Quebec Street. A man brought the brown-and-black puppies to the park office after reportedly finding them inside a trash can near the public restroom, said Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Ron Hanavan.

"This is a senseless act of animal cruelty, and we are hopeful that the public will help bring the individual responsible for this crime to justice," said Sgt. Erica Dalton in a written statement provided by Hanavan.

One additional puppy was found in the trash can. It had already died.

Animal Law Enforcement Officers found the surviving puppies had very low body temperatures and brought them to a veterinarian for treatment. They're now doing well but the long term prognosis is uncertain, Hanavan said.

Anyone with information about who may have abandoned the puppies, or who knows of a dog that may have been pregnant recently, is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). Tips may be anonymous.

Videos of the puppies:

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MbLxjNi35k&feature=youtu.be

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuXr08T4nWE&feature=youtu.be

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fr6SATG27k&feature=youtu.be