Puppies found in Lufkin dumpster now being treated for parvo

Friends of Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter asking for donations to help with vet bills

Puppies found in dumpster

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Two small puppies that were found in a Lufkin trash dumpster earlier this month can’t catch a break.

The Lufkin Police & Fire Facebook page shared a post from the Friends of the Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter that stated the two puppies - Johnny and June - started showing signs of parvo after they were brought to the shelter.

“Well, folks … we’re coming to you asking for help once again,” the Friends of the Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter stated. “Remember the two dumpster pups affectionately named Johnny and June? In their short little lives, they’ve already been rescued from a dumpster at a local apartment complex and are now once again fighting for their lives as they contracted parvo at some point during their adventure.”

The post went on to say that the parvovirus is a highly contagious viral infection that affects unvaccinated puppies. Even though Johnny and June were vaccinated after they were brought to the Kurth Memorial Animal Clinic, it seems as though they already had the virus, the post stated.

They started showing early signs of parvo shortly upon intake and are now being treated at a local vet clinic, but treatment costs money and the shelter relies on public donations to the vetting fund in order to pay vet bills for sick and injured animals that enter the shelter,” the Facebook post stated.

Anyone interested in donating to help with the puppies’ veterinary expenses can deliver the money in person or mail donations to City of Lufkin, 1901 Hill Street, Lufkin, TX 75904. Checks will need to be made out to the City of Lufkin/Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter.

“Please specify that your donation is for the vetting fund,” the post stated.

People interested in helping with the puppies’ vet bills may also call the shelter and make donations over the phone with a credit card Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Pictured are Johnny and June, the two puppies that were found in a Lufkin Dumpster. (Source: Friends at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter)
Pictured are Johnny and June, the two puppies that were found in a Lufkin Dumpster. (Source: Friends at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter) (Source: Friends at Kurth Memorial Animal Shelter)

An East Texas man found Johnny and June in a trash dumpster in the 1400 block of Tulane Drive in the morning hours of May 7. G.B. Craig Flowers shot video of the two trapped puppies before he rescued them.

In the video, two puppies can be seen in the corner of a large trash dumpster. When G.B. Craig Flowers, the man who shot the video approaches the dumpster, they run toward him, tails wagging. The one that looks like a German shepherd yips loudly to get his attention.

Source: G.B. Craig Flowers
Source: G.B. Craig Flowers (Source: G.B. Craig Flowers)

“I’m at my work,” Flowers says in the video. “Someone has thrown two little puppies in a dumpster. If that ain’t heartless, I don’t know what is.”

Then Flowers offers his hand for the puppies to sniff.

“Just a second. I’ll get you out,” Flowers says in the video.

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