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7 Mason City puppies found locked in tote in single-digit temps

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These puppies were left stranded on the side of the road, locked in a tote, in below-freezing temperatures. They were found by a Mason City man and taken to the shelter, where they're all expected to survive. These puppies were left stranded on the side of the road, locked in a tote, in below-freezing temperatures. They were found by a Mason City man and taken to the shelter, where they're all expected to survive.
MASON CITY (KWWL) - A litter of seven puppies locked in a storage tote and left on the side of a street in Mason City in temperatures well below freezing are now in good health and looking for homes.

The puppies, which the Humane Society of North Iowa speculates are a boxer mix, are around eight weeks of age and in good health considering their circumstances, officials say.

"We are shocked and saddened that anyone would abandon a litter of puppies this way," said Sybil Soukup, executive director of the Humane Society of North Iowa, in a written statement Thursday.

The puppies were brought into the Humane Society last week by an unnamed young man who found the tote sitting on a curb in Mason City with a sign that said "Free Puppies."

When the man opened the tote, which had holes cut into the top, he found seven puppies that were cold and wet. Temperatures at the time were in the single digits.

The man then loaded the tote into his car and brought them to the shelter, where they were transferred to the Mason City Stray Animal Shelter and held for seven days in accordance with stray animal policy.

Now, the puppies are all officially available for adoption at the Humane Society of North Iowa in Mason City. Soukup said they're all very lucky.

"With the bitter cold weather we've had recently, it would not have taken long for these pups to suffer serious hypothermia or be frozen to death," Soukup said. "There are better alternatives than to leave a litter of helpless puppies stuffed in a storage tote on the curb."

Those interested in learning more about the puppies may call the Humane Society of North Iowa at 641-423-6241 or visit www.hsni.org.
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