A dozen Rottweiler-mix puppies were left for dead along the road. Thankfully the mother never left their side and saved their lives.

On Sunday a woman came across a dog pacing back and forth in the middle of a road in Watertown.  When she attempted to put the dog into the car, the dog led her to the side of the road where her 12 Rottweiler-mix puppies were tied up inside a pillowcase.

The Watertown Daily Times reports the woman drove all the dogs to the Jefferson County SPCA at 25056 Water St. in Watertown for help. Heather L. Spezzano, the executive director, says all but one puppy survived:

“They were about a day old, still had their umbilical cords,” Mrs. Spezzano said. “We took care of them overnight and they are currently in foster care until they are old enough to be spayed, neutered and adopted.”


Ms. Spezzano tells  Watertown Daily Times that animal abandonment is punishable with a $1,000 fine or a year in jail. She's urging the community to report any information to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at 315-788-1441.

To help with medical expenses for the puppies, please make your donation via Facebook, the SPCA website or in person.

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