SD Inmates Care For Abandoned Puppies

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Last week we told you about six puppies that were struggling to survive after they were left for dead in a trash can. Because they need around the clock care, the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society asked for help from some unique caregivers.

South Dakota State Penitentiary Inmate Lance Przybylski said, “They’re getting there, their eyes are opening up now.”

The little guys have come a long way since mid-January. Just a week old, the puppies were once abandoned, put in a bag in a trash can, thrown away in the cold.

Przybylski said, “It’s sad that anybody could do something like that, throw them in a dumpster, I mean, you could have just taken them the humane society.”

Ever since, they’ve been in the care of minimum security inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary.

Sioux Falls Area Human Society Humane Officer Andy Oestreich said, “This requires a lot of continuous care around the clock. They agreed to assist us with this and it’s been fantastic.”

As part of their Paroled Pups Program, the inmates usually take care of older dogs who need extra attention. If they get puppies, they don’t have to bottle feed them. That isn’t the case here. The inmates have been working in 12 hour shifts. Feeding time comes every four hours.

Marcus Weber said, “When I came here, I could put my hand around their whole body.”

And so far, so good. For the most part, the puppies seem to be adjusting to their new home.

“They’re about twice as big, yeah they are really packing on the pounds and are eating a lot of formula now, ” said Przybylski.

The inmates say it’s a lot of responsibility. It can even be stressful at times, but they say it builds character.

Weber said, “It’s someone that loves you, you know, makes you feel good when you got puppies that jump on you when you come in the door.”

The inmates hope to turn this tragic story about abandoned puppies into one with a good ending; one where they find loving homes.

Przybylski said, “You know it’s an honor to help save these pups.”

There were only five puppies at the penitentiary Friday morning. One of them was having breathing problems, but the inmates expected the puppy to return to them that day.

They won’t be up for adoption until they are eight weeks old.