NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two dogs were recovering Wednesday after being found in a duffel bag next to some garbage cans in the Bronx.
The two West Highland white terrier mixes were found in the bag on Commonwealth Avenue between Bronx River Avenue and Mansion Street by an area resident on Sept. 16, Animal Care & Control said.
The police were called and the pups were brought to the AC&C’s Manhattan Care Center.
The dogs, now named “Fred” and “Ginger,” were so emaciated, weak and dehydrated, all they could do was lay on their sides, AC&C officials said. They also had pressure sores and their coats were extremely dirty with maggots.
“AC&C is working with the Bronx DA’s office to try to find out who is responsible for this,” AC&C executive director Julie Bank said in a statement. “In the meantime, we’re making sure Fred and Ginger receive the best veterinary care possible, and are determined to find them a loving home.”
Fred and Ginger are already doing much better, officials said. They are now able to stand and are expected to make a full recovery, but the AC&C said it will take time for them to gain back their weight.
The two are now being fostered until they are healthy enough to be adopted — likely in two to four weeks.
The AC&C would like to keep Fred and Ginger together once they find a new, permanent home. Anyone interested in adopting them can email AC&C at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nycacc.org for more information.