Deputies say puppies had not been properly fed for months

6:58 PM, Feb 7, 2014   |    comments
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Hillsborough County -- Two puppies are fighting for their lives after being abused for months and dumped on the side of the road. 

Deputies say they were left along Highway 301 around 5 p.m. on Thursday.

"It's something I'll never forget," says Will Womack of Tampa.

Womack couldn't believe his eyes after seeing somebody drop two innocent puppies on the side of the road and drive away.

"It was awful. Gnats were flying everywhere," says Womack.

Now these two survivors are sitting at animal services while their owner, Selena Spigner, sits behind bars.

"She admitted she did not properly feed them for 4 months," says Major Clyde Eisenberg with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Now the puppies are being cared for and their health is not good. 

"First thing you see, crusting on face and their ribs," says Shelter Vet Lisa Tipton.

Tipton says the skin infection on the dogs is not only visible but painful. 

"It's heartbreaking. It didn't have to get to this point," Tipton adds.

"They could've brought them here or another rescue operation. There's no excuse at all," says Major Eisenberg.

For Womack, he's just happy he was at the right place at the right time. He is glad these two won't have to suffer any more.

"It's further sad the perpetrator did what they did. They could've clearly gotten help," says Womack.

Deputies are hoping Spigner will surrender the dogs so they can get cleaned up and ready for adoption soon. Spigner faces four counts of animal cruelty.

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