Litter of puppies abandoned in ditch, rescued by Laurel County shelter volunteers

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A litter of 4 week old puppies were left in a ditch in Laurel County, Thursday.

Employees of a nearby water company found the puppies and posted a picture to Facebook. Volunteers at the Laurel County Animal shelter saw the photo and immediately went to rescue them, now they are looking for a permanent home for the puppies.

"When we see a dog or a cat needing help we are there," Heather Jackson said.

Jackson is one of nine volunteers, their group is called 'Friends of Laurel County Animal Shelter.'

Volunteers told WKYT the Laurel County Shelter is extremely overcrowded and they need all of the help they can get. Each volunteer has a role to help rescue animals in need. Some volunteers say they travel all over the region to get the animals placed in a good home.

"Somebody has to do it somberly has to be a voice for these animals. They don't have a voice and they can't speak for themselves. So somebody has to do.. And if not me, who?" Shawna Johnson said.

Johnson works with the cats. She says sometimes it can be difficult to find an abandoned cat a good home.

Originally there were 10 puppies, but one did not survive. The rescued puppies were in pretty bad condition when shelter transporter, Patty Miller gave them to the rescue coordinator.

"They were week they had been out in the sun for we don't know how long," Miller said.

The group helped nurse them back to health and now they are playful and healthy.

They are actively seeking new volunteers and donations to help with some of the cost. For more information you can visit their Facebook page 'Friends of Laurel County Animal Shelter.'

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