A fisherman rescued eight mixed-breed puppies that had been dumped at the Bellevue reservoir and brought them to the Huron County Humane Society on Friday.
The 9- to 10-week-old puppies (five males and three females) all were close to death, suffering from dehydration and malnutrition. Two collapsed on the floor from heat exhaustion.
The dogs will be checked by a veterinarian. If they survive, foster pet parents will be appreciated. Applications for fostering will be accepted on Tuesday afternoon.
The pups will be scheduled for spay or neuter surgeries and available for adoption within two or three weeks.
Humane society officials said the shelter is in need of donations such as puppy food, raw hides, flea medication, dawn dish detergent (which is used for flea baths as well as dishes), bleach, floor cleaners and large trash bags.
Huron County Humane Society is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization dependent on the generous support of area veterinarians, individuals, businesses, foundations and media to support operations.
The shelter, which is located at 246 Woodlawn Ave., is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 1 to 6 p.m. Thursdays; and closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For more information, call (419) 663-7158.