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Dog found abandoned, tied up in a bag in South Hadley

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(Photo from video submitted by Ken Rogers) (Photo from video submitted by Ken Rogers)

A puppy was found abandoned and tied-up in a plastic bag by a woman in South Hadley who was taking her dog for a walk. 

The woman called police, who rescued the little pup from the woods after they said she was tossed over a guardrail near the Connecticut River. 

Investigators believe someone drove up to the guardrail and tossed the dog, but thankfully, they don't believe she was trapped for too long. 

She's now in great spirits and will soon find a new home. 

"We were really surprised she was as healthy as she was," said South Hadley Animal Control Officer Shawn O'Brien.

Meet Punkin, a spunky, little puppy who - just a few days ago - was tied up in a plastic bag and tossed near the Connecticut River. 

"Good chance she could have landed in the water," O'Brien added.

O'Brien was called to the Beachgrounds after a woman's dog spotted a bag and started barking. 

"She went and looked and saw this little green bag that was moving and she wasn't sure what was in there," O'Brien explained.

Police slowly untied the bag to see what was growling inside. 

"They were able to get the bag open a little bit so she could at least stick her head out and be able to breathe," O'Brien noted.

In video sent by a Western Mass News viewer, you can see Punkin's head poking out of the reusable shopping bag. 

O'Brien said that it wasn't long before she was able to jump out.  "As soon as she did, she crawled into my arms and started giving me kisses," he added.

O'Brien, along with South Hadley Police, is working to uncover how Punkin got there and who she belonged to. 

"It does happen a lot.  People will usually aim for the water, instead of just the woods.  She could have been stolen, or used by someone to retaliate against someone who they were mad at," O'Brien explained

Thankfully, O'Brien thinks Punkin was in that bag for a short period of time and didn't sustain any serious or lifelong injuries. 

"A little traumatized at the moment.  It's not the funnest thing being thrown around in a bag.  [She's] gonna be a very sweet pet for somebody," O'Brien noted.

O'Brien said that his phone has been ringing off the hook with people who want to adopt this sweet dog. 

However, In a few days, Punkin will be going home with a South Hadley police officer. 

Anyone with information is asked to call South Hadley Police at (413) 538-8231

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