LEWISTOWN - Two puppies rescued last week that were reported to have been repeatedly dropped from the top of Stone Arch Bridge have received a clean bill of health, said Cindy McClellan, of Rescue Our Furry Friends.
McClellan said she received a call from Mifflin County Regional Police Sergeant Scott Rupert on Memorial Day, reporting that three fisherman witnessed adults throwing puppies off the bridge.
"They said it was a 25-foot drop," she said, adding that the fisherman said the puppies cried and squealed until they hit the water.
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Lacy, a 12-week-old German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Beagle mix puppy, is one of two dogs rescued last week by Rescue Our Furry Friends in Lewistown.
McClellan said she loaded the rescue's largest kennel into the car and headed to the bridge, unsure of how many puppies to expect and what condition they would be in.
"Our first thought was get there, get them and get them into safety," she said.
What she found upon arrival at the bridge were two wet, shivering female puppies, she said. The German Shepherd/Rottweiler/Beagle mix sisters are now approximately 12 weeks old.
McClellan said the rescue sought immediate veterinary care for the dogs and they received a clean bill of health. The pair have been dewormed, started on their vaccines and are now in foster care where they're working on housebreaking and crate training.
McClellan said the puppies suffered no injuries from the incident.
Since the rescue, she said ROFF has received inquiries about the pups, named Cagney and Lacy. However, no applications for their adoption have been filed.
McClellan said the puppies will not be returned to their original owners and will be adopted to approved households after the conclusion of legal proceedings.
"We will adopt them out when we're given the OK," she said.
Until then, the puppies will stay up-to-date on vaccinations and will be socialized by their foster families.
In addition to the "bridge puppies," McClellan said ROFF has five German Shepherd mix puppies about the same age available for adoption. The litter was discovered by police in a condemned, vacant property when they were six weeks old, she said. There are four males and one female available.
McClellan said those interested in adopting can apply online at www.roff.cc or by calling the rescue at (877) 933-ROFF.
Rescue Our Furry Friends also will sponsor a benefit golf tournament set to be held at 9 a.m. June 22 at Ironwood Golf Course in McVeytown. Call the rescue for more information or visit them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RescueOurFurryFriends.