A 3-year-old dog named and her only surviving puppy were recently found in a New Mexico landfill.
Momma dog Reyna and her 3-week-old puppy Frances were recently rescued from a Sunland Park landfill after being found by landfill workers.
Reyna is believed to have lived in and around the landfill for about two years and is said to have had to fight other “dumped dogs” for both her and her puppy’s life.
Three-week-old Frances is said to be the only surviving pup from Reyna’s three litters.
Rescuers say Reyna was so malnourished and thin she was barely able to stand.
Volunteer for the Action Programs for Animals, Anna Juarez, has agreed to foster Reyna and Frances while they recover. A permanent home outside the state has already been found as well, and the mother and pup will be given a new home once the veterinarian gives them the okay to cross state lines.
Juarez says Reyna and Frances may be a sad story with a happy ending but points out the importance of spaying and neutering pets and being a responsible pet owner and taking care of your animals. Just because they are animals it does not mean they are okay to be sent out to fend for themselves.
Last year, the Animal Service Center of Mesilla Valley says it received about 8,000 dogs.