Search underway for person who abandoned puppy at Taunton dump

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(WPRI) – Animal Control officers in Taunton and Raynham are searching for the person who abandoned a beagle puppy near the Taunton dump last week.

Boston 25 News reports that witnesses saw a person push the dog out of a minivan door. 

“Somebody saw the dog being dumped, but did not get a license plate number,” said Raynham Assistant Animal Control Officer Linda Brackett. “She came out of a black minivan.”

Brackett says several people spotted the puppy running in the streets in both Raynham and Taunton in the days that followed. 

Three days later, the dog was captured in a trap that was set for her. She was taken to the Taunton Animal Shelter, where she’ll be put up for adoption if no one claims her within a week.

“She’s absolutely amazing. She’s still a little shy,” said Taunton Animal Control Officer Manuel Massa.

Unfortunately, Brackett says abandoning dogs is not uncommon. She says, it can happen more frequently to hunting breeds — like beagles.

“With hunters, what I’m hearing is if beagles aren’t good hunters, they’ll just abandon them,” said Brackett.

Animal Control officers tell Boston 25 News, this was the third time in less than six months that a beagle was found abandoned in Taunton.

If the person who abandoned the puppy is found, they’ll likely face animal cruelty charges.

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