Humane society seeks tips on 19 puppies found at park

Mark Hicks

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is seeking tips to learn more about the 19 puppies found abandoned Wednesday at a Plymouth park.

Resident Julie Newman was jogging along Northville Road near Wilcox Lake at about 9:30 a.m. when she heard “little yelps” and, under a tree some three feet from the path, spotted a box trembling with movement, society officials said in a statement.

Inside the urine-soaked cardboard were 4-week old puppies — nine male and 10 female pups — “climbing over each other trying to get out,” the humane society reported.

Newman and her sister rushed the pups to the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, where they are receiving medical treatment, the nonprofit said late Wednesday.

Based on the number and appearance, group officials believe the pups represent multiple litters of pit bull terrier mixed breeds.

“It’s hard to say why someone would dump puppies in a park. But there is no good reason for such a careless act. This is exactly why animal shelters exist — to provide safety and care to animals in need,” said Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s CEO and president.

“We don’t ever want to see animals, especially babies, abandoned in the cold, left to fend for themselves. Thanks to a compassionate community member willing to take action, these innocent puppies will get the help they deserve. When they’re ready, they’ll be adopted into loving homes — but first spayed or neutered to help ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

Anyone who has information on the puppies or the person who had them is asked to call HSHV’s Cruelty & Rescue line at (734) 661-3512 or submit a report at