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Puppy survives alone in car for a month

Tow lot employee finds abandoned pup.

By Vetstreet May 8, 2013 2:52PM

An employee at a tow lot in Kansas City, Mo., spotted a 3-month-old puppy in the front window of a car that had been in the lot since April 8.

Photo: Kia survived for a month in an abandoned car in Missouri. / KHSBDehydrated and emaciated, little Kia had survived for almost an entire month on scraps of McDonald’s food that she found in the car. Police are trying to track down the puppy’s owners, who will face criminal charges if they’re found.

In the meantime, Kia is recovering at the KC Pet Project.

"It's devastating to hear, and then it's inspiring to hear at the same time," said the shelter’s Tori Fugate. "Hearing how this little girl has lived in this car for this long in those conditions is just amazing."

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The terrier will be ready for adoption in two to three weeks, after she gains some weight.

— Watch it at Missouri’s KHSB

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Photo: Kia survived for a month in an abandoned car in Missouri. / KHSB

Jun 6, 2013 1:15PM
The owner of this dog obviously didn't care enough to let someone know about the dog. Thanks to a great employee with a heart this dog made it. This impound lot should now change its policy when it comes to receiving vehicles. Next time it just might be a human.
May 14, 2013 12:02PM
May 13, 2013 6:15PM
thank GOD for the miracles that happen in this world . I wish I could adopt him and give him more love than he can stand.
May 13, 2013 5:59PM
Poor baby doggie. I have a soft spot for puppies. Cats Suck
May 10, 2013 7:50PM

Poor puppy... He sure was a fighter to live that long! Thank You to the one that found him before it was too late.

May 9, 2013 3:25PM
I believe the Tow Yard Owners are at fault also.  What about them?
May 9, 2013 3:04PM
Ummm how come the impound did not check the vehicle or hear the dog for a month?
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