Craig Mcgettrick could not get the horror out of his mind. He had found five little puppies the trash. He wanted to know the monster who would have abandoned the adorable darlings? They were utterly cute and needed love and care. So after rescuing the pups, Craig turned to Facebook to share his story and told his friends and followers all about it.
Minutes later, Craig was in for a surprise. Because the image was utterly adorable, it got a lot of views and a lot of likes. But as Craig started scrolling through the comments, he began to get worried. He realized that the five puppies he rescued from the trash might not be puppies after all.
Craig works as a mover near Liverpool in the United Kingdom. And when he was on the job in March 2017, he and his coworker noticed the pups in the trash.
Because they were clearing out some junk, they were in the area where the pups had been left. They were in a debris-filled yard that needed to be cleared out. He started to shift a downtrodden mattress and was stunned to find something besides pillows and blankets underneath it. Five little living creatures were abandoned under it, struggling to survive.
The creatures were so young that Craig and his coworker knew they needed emergency care. And because of how they looked, it was hard for Craig to identify their species. He thought they were puppies, but wouldn’t have been surprised if they were kittens.
He decided they were puppies.
“Those were probably the only two options I knew of,” Craig told The Dodo in April 2017 a month after the rescue. “We thought someone had dumped them knowing we were going to remove rubbish.”
Craig and his coworker did not have it in their heart to abandon the pups. So they decided to do the right thing and save their lives.
They bundled the babies up and put them in a box. And then they transported them to the local animal rescue center.
That’s when he posted the pictures on social media. Most people agreed they were puppies, but one person was not positive. They shared the image with the experts at the National Fox Welfare Society.
“We were contacted by a lovely lady called Beccie through our Facebook page. Only then were the babies correctly identified.
“Beccie had sent a few photos asking if the babies in the photos were indeed fox cubs. (We) confirmed they certainly were,” the NFWS said.
With decades of experience to back up their claim, the NFWS was happy to report the truth about the puppies. They were also eager to help the cubs.
“Beccie advised us that they had been taken to a rescue center in Liverpool mistakenly as puppies, not fox cubs.
Because these babies develop the trademark red fur later, it was no surprise that Craig thought they were regular puppies.
Thankfully concerned citizens were able to help these tiny animals. And they’re getting the care they need to thrive.