Abandoned puppies survive heat, now at Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe


By City News Service

A half-dozen puppies found abandoned in a shopping cart outside a mall in Central California last week have been put under the care of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe and will be available for adoption soon, the center recently announced.

The Shepard-terrier mixes, about 4 weeks old, were discovered Friday, June 28, in Kern County, where the temperature hit 107, said the center’s Jessica Gercke.

The puppies were listless and not moving when discovered by a passerby, according to the Animal Center. They were given veterinary care and shipped to the Woodward Animal Center on Tuesday, July 2.

Center officials say they’re now being cared for by a foster family.

People seem to forget that the inside of a car is not the only dangerous place to leave a defenseless animal,’’ said Labeth Thompson, inventory manager at the center.Any pet left outdoors with no shade or water is also at risk. Puppies, along with adult dogs that are older, large, overweight or on medication, are at the highest risk of all.’’

The center expects the puppies to be available for adoption by the end of this month.

For more information on adopting the puppies or for summertime safety questions, call the Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756-4117, visit the Center at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe or visit

For information on the Helen Woodward Animal Center Companion Animal Hospital, call 858-756-4469.