Bulletin Staff Report

Just three of 15 puppies dumped in a trash bag are still alive.

All 15 were alive when someone found the trash bag with what appeared to be two litters of puppies on the Old Bangs Highway on Oct. 10. The person who found the puppies took them to the Corinne T. Smith Animal Center. One had to be put down soon after the puppies arrived, and several of the others werenít expected to live, the centerís executive director, Cheryl Campbell, said then.

Eleven others had to be put down later because they had intestinal diseases, Campbell said. The puppiesí immune systems may have been weakened because they were taken so soon from their mother, she said.

The three survivors are together in foster care, and they will be available for adoption at the centerís annual dog costume contest on Saturday at Coggin Park, Campbell said.

She said the survivors look like border collies and appear to be 4 to 5 weeks old.