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Watch: Shelter staff in shock when they discover what was inside this sealed box

A video of an abandoned sealed box of puppies has gone viral as animal rescue staff say that while it’s shocking to watch, unfortunately it’s not uncommon.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 14/05/2020, 14:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:28

Staff at Paws and Hooves Rescue Foundation in Stilwell, Oklahoma discovered the box as they arrived for work. They could guess what was inside.

The box had been duct-taped shut with just a few air holes made on the sides.

Poor pups

As the tape holding the lid down on the box was cut, 10 little black puppies were revealed inside. The box had been dumped overnight in the pouring rain. However, it was incredibly hot inside the box. One little puppy suffered heatstroke. Miraculously though, all the dogs had survived their ordeal.

Fortunately, all 10 of the puppies shown in the video have now been adopted. But there are plenty more abandoned pets looking for forever homes.


Staff at the shelter are already overwhelmed with the number of animals in their care and don’t know what the animals could have been exposed to and what illness they may be carrying and bringing with them to the shelter.

The video quickly went viral, reaching almost 20 million views. It’s hoped that people will see just what animal shelters have to deal with on a regular basis and the implications of abandoning animals.

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