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      Humane Society rescues puppies from zipped back-pack and trash bin

      The surviving boxer-mix puppies were brought to HSMOâ??s headquarters for treatment and sheltering.

      The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of a boxer-mix puppy and the abandonment of two of its siblings.

      The dead puppy was stuffed into a zipped back-pack and tossed into a trash bin.

      The puppies were found discarded in a trash bin behind a vacant house in Overland, Mo. Tuesday afternoon. It could not be determined if the puppy was alive or dead when it was put in the back pack.

      An employee cleaning out the vacant house where the puppies were found immediately notified the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force.

      The surviving boxer-mix puppies were taken to the Humane Society??s headquarters in Missouri for treatment and sheltering. Results of a necropsy showed that the three-to-four-month old female puppy was underweight and died of heat stroke.

      Her siblings, a male and a female, are also underweight. The puppies will be cared for at the Humane Society as the investigation continues.

      Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Investigators are working with Overland Animal Control and the Overland Police Department to investigate this incident.

      ??This is a blatant act of animal cruelty,?? said Mike Perkins, director of the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force. ??The poor female puppy suffered a horrible death and the same would have happened to her sister and brother if they hadn??t been found yesterday. We would like to talk with anyone with information about how these puppies came to this fate.??

      Persons with information about this incident are asked to contact the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314)-647-4400 or the Overland Police Department at (314)-428-1221