FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Workers at the Franklin County Humane Society usually have their hands full with the many dogs and cats they take in. But they say they're always willing to take on more if need be. That's why they can't believe someone would dump a puppy in a cardboard box in the woods just a short distance from the shelter.
"They saved a life. There's no doubt in my mind that she would have died that night," said Lauren Bailey of the Franklin County Humane Society.
Humane Society employees said five-week-old Marquette owes her life to two vigilant sewer department workers. Police say they saw a woman walk into the woods with a box and come back to her car without it. When they went to investigate later, they found the tiny chihuahua puppy inside.
"Dumping it in the woods in a box was sentencing it to death," said Bailey.
The kicker, they say, is that the woman dumped Marquette only feet from the shelter!
"To think that someone would drive past a shelter to dump a puppy is beyond all of us. It's sad," said Bailey.
Marquette's recovering from parvo, but apart from that, doing well. In fact, shelter workers said she'll soon be adopted by one of the people who brought her in.
"Just pure joy. This is what we work for. We see them come in cold and hungry, and sick and we get to see them go to homes where they're going to snuggle up on the couch and get to sleep in the bed. Makes it all worth it," said Bailey.
Police said they'd gotten some tips as to who that woman could be and they're looking into them.