- (Photo: Courtesy The KC Pet Project)
A puppy was subjected to being locked in a car for nearly one month, and now rescuers are calling the puppy a miracle and searching to find her a good home.
Reports state that the puppy, now named Kia, was left inside an impounded car for almost one month before someone spotted her and called the police, who then broke into the car and rescued her. She is now being cared for by the Kansas Pet Project.
A lot worker discovered the puppy when he was tagging cars for auction when Kia jumped up on the dashboard. She apparently had been eating nothing but stale McDonald's food that was left in the car but miraculously survived without any water.
"Without an appreciable amount of water, it's pretty miraculous for a puppy to survive three weeks in a car," veterinarian Billie Deam told the Kansas City Star. "Physiologically it's possible, depending on what she was eating to survive on, but it's really stretching the outer limits of what's possible."
Police are now trying to determine whether the car's owner knew that the puppy was inside when the car was impounded. The Star reported that the car's owner did not mention a dog when it was taken, but the dog may have been scared and hidden in the car as it was being taken away.
Kia is currently being taken care of and rehabilitated by members of the Kansas Pet Project. She was suffering from severe dehydration and malnutrition when she was found, and vets are working to take care of the puppy and get her ready for adoption by a stable family.
"Four weeks of her life she was trapped in the car, so she has no formal training," shelter spokeswoman Toni Fugate. "She was really skinny," Fugate added. Even though she is approximately 12 weeks old, she was the size of an 8-week-old dog.
Kia is a terrier-schnauzer mix who will receive all of her vaccinations and be spayed before being released to a good foster family.