Matt Williamson was walking by a creek in Hinds County, Mississippi, earlier this week looking for his dog when he stumbled upon two other canines — and in a predicament he couldn't believe.
“As I got closer, I saw these eyes peering out at me and they looked like they needed help," Williamson told WAPT-TV. "That’s when I called authorities.”
What he saw were two still-alive puppies inside a glass aquarium with the lid cemented shut.
Given the aquarium was dumped in the creek bank, Williamson told WAPT he had a pretty good idea of the culprit's intent: “They put them in here to drown."
Hinds County sheriff’s deputies rescued the puppies, and they were taken to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League, WAPT reported.
When a WAPT reporter reached out to pet one of the puppies recovering at the rescue, her sister sticking close by put her arm around her protectively, the station said.
“We think they are a little feral [and] not used to human handling," MARL Director Debra Boswell told the station. "They were running a slight fever [Wednesday], about 103 or so. Our standard procedure is to put them in a quiet place, No. 1, because of their temperature, and No. 2, their stress level."
The puppies were to remain in isolation for a few days, WAPT said, adding that once they're healthy, they will be put up for adoption.
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