Will the abandoned puppies be up for adoption?

People across Southern New England are curious about when a group of puppies that were abandoned in Uxbridge will be up for adoption. (Police photo)

People across Southern New England are curious about when six puppies that were abandoned in Uxbridge will be up for adoption.

While the answer is yes, authorities are overwhelmed by the amount of inquiries they have been receiving about the precious pups.

“In recent days, Uxbridge police dispatch has been inundated with phone calls in regards to the puppies found and how to go about the adoption process,” police noted on Facebook Friday afternoon, noting that although they are “extremely thankful and appreciative, we kindly ask that you refrain from calling the Uxbridge police dispatch for this information. Any information regarding the adoption process will be posted on social media and the news in the upcoming weeks.”

Police went on to say that dispatchers “are very busy answering 9-1-1 calls and other emergencies” and are thankful to the public for their kindness and consideration.

Still, police are searching for whomever is responsible for leaving the puppies in the Blackstone River. Authorities said a kayaker rescued the animals after they were tied up in a grain bag and left for dead.

“(An) Uxbridge Animal Control Officer responded to the scene and took possession of the puppies,” police said. “They are all doing well, considering the circumstances, and we believe they will all survive. The puppies are currently being kept together, and are being cared for by a professional until they are able to be adopted.”

Meanwhile, PETA is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

The announcement was made on Thursday, which is less than a week after authorities said a kayaker found the one-week-old puppies.

"It takes a disturbing lack of empathy to pack six newborn puppies into a bag and drop them in a river to drown," PETA Vice President Colleen O'Brien noted in a press release. "Whoever did this is dangerous, and PETA urges anyone with information about this case to come forward immediately so that the perpetrator can be stopped from hurting anyone else."

If you have information about the case, especially if you know of a dog in the area who was recently pregnant or gave birth, contact Officer Benjamin Smoot of the Uxbridge Police Department at 508-278-7755.

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