Terriers Named Fred and Ginger Rescued from Duffel Bag Near Trash

Animal Care & Control officials say the 2-year-old dogs are getting healthier by the day and should be available for adoption in a few weeks

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012  |  Updated 8:24 PM EDT
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Two adorable West Highland white terrier dogs are recovering after they were found stuffed in a duffel bag and tossed out with the trash in the Bronx.

Animal Care & Control officials say the 2-year-old pups, now named Fred and Ginger, are getting healthier by the day and should be available for adoption in a few weeks.

Authorities say a Bronx resident found the duffel bug with the dogs inside and called police, who called Animal Care & Control. The organization says it is working with police to track down who abandoned the animals and, in the meantime, was working to provide them the best care possible and find them a loving home.

The Westies were very dehydrated, anemic, emaciated and weak to the point that they couldn’t do anything but lay on their sides, authorities said. Both also had pressure sores and extremely dirty coats with maggots.

Fred and Ginger have improved dramatically just in the last few days and are able to stand. Animal Care & Control expects that they will recover fully, though they’ll need some time to gain back their weight.

The dogs were found on Commonwealth Avenue between Bronx River Avenue and Mansion Street. Anyone with information about the case is asked to email info@nycacc.org.

Anyone interested in adopting both dogs can email AC&C at adoption@nycacc.org.

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