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Police Make Arrest After Eight Newborn Puppies Were Discovered Inside Trash Bag in Garbage


On the last day in February, someone in Marshfield, Wisconsin, heard a concerning sound coming from a neighbor’s property. They called the police, saying they heard kittens crying in their neighbor’s trash bin.

The police investigated and found a white trash bag tied shut on a litter of Australian Shepherd/Labrador mix puppies. The owner was soon identified as Robert Wild and he was arrested for his evil deed.

“On 2/28/19 at 3:15 pm, Marshfield Police were dispatched to complaint of the sound of kittens coming from a garbage can in the 800 blk of E 4th St,” the Marshfield Police Department wrote on Facebook on March 12.

“Upon arrival, it was learned that the sound was coming from 8 newborn puppies which had been discarded in a garbage bag and trash can at 813 E 4th St. The bag was removed and the puppies were transported to the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter.”

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“Contact was made at the residence and a 56 yr old Marshfield male was arrested and transported to the police department after admitting to discarding the puppies. Misdemeanor charges were requested through the Wood County DA’s office on Robert M. Wild for mistreatment of animals and abandonment of animals.”

“The puppies are doing well and may be up for adoption in the coming months.”

The pups were quickly handed over to the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter, though there is no news on whether the momma dog was also found and taken to the shelter.

“It was recently released to the media that there were puppies found in a Marshfield dumpster,” the Marshfield Area Pet Shelter shared on March 12. “The puppies are safe and in foster care.”

“At this time, adoption applications are NOT being accepted (we need to focus on making sure these guys grow up big and strong first!) but donations ARE welcome!”

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out, but at this time we’re not able to comment about the case.”

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Some people have commented that the photo of the puppies cleaned up and identified with different color bands shows nine puppies, not eight, as originally reported by Marshfield Police. The Marshfield Police Department responded that a ninth puppy was born later and not thrown away.

Wild faces charges of mistreatment and abandonment of animals. He’s only facing a misdemeanor, but animal lovers everywhere are calling for a heavier punishment.

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