Puppies Saved from Being Crushed at Gravel Pit Are Now Fighting for Their Lives

This story was submitted by Lindsey Heaney from our shelter friend, the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County saves pets’ lives in the Tacoma, Washington area, and the Animal Rescue Site is proud to share their stories. You can learn more about their work here!

Employees at the Dickson Waller Road Gravel Pit site saved three puppies abandoned in a gravel pit before being crushed by heavy machinery. The next day, they found another puppy at the same site. Employees quickly noticed that the dogs were sick and that something wasn’t right.


“Our crew was about to start working on crushing rock, but then we found them out in the pit,” said Tony Leicht, Dickson gravel pit manager. “They were so scared and cold. We cleaned out a bin and put some towels and blankets in there for them. We tried giving them water and food, but they were really sick and didn’t seem to be feeling well.”

Pierce County Animal Control brought the puppies to the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County, where they are currently being cared for. They arrived extremely dehydrated, underweight, and diarrhea covered the box they arrived in.

After thorough veterinary exams and tests, all four of the puppies tested positive for parvovirus, a deadly and contagious virus that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Treatment requires intensive care, and the shelter’s veterinary team is working around the clock to help these puppies survive.

Donations are urgently needed to help provide medical care for the four puppies as they battle the virus. As a shelter that is currently at max capacity with animals needing homes and care, support is needed more than ever. Treatment requires intensive, round-the-clock care and can cost thousands of dollars per puppy.


Donations are being accepted on the Humane Society’s website at: www.thehumanesociety.org/parvo-puppies

This story was submitted by Lindsey Heaney from our shelter friend the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County in Tacoma, Washington. Learn more about them here!

Help Rescue Animals

Provide food and vital supplies to shelter pets at The Animal Rescue Site for free!