HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There are no holidays for volunteer or paid firefighters. There is also nothing whatsoever unusual about a full staff of first responders ready to spring to action on Christmas; what is unusual is what one firefighter found in a cardboard box labeled ‘Merry Christmas’ outside Huntsville fire station 16 on Jeff Road early Christmas morning.
“For people to just dump them like that just seemed really cold-hearted right here at Christmas – I thought what kind of cruel person would do this to these puppies!?”
Huntsville firefighter Jude Jennings says Christmas Day he noticed a cardboard box left outside his station was whimpering. When he investigated Jennings found 3 puppies he says were cold, starving and thirsty.
"It was just a real bad situation they left those puppies in because we may not have found them for another 24 hours which would have left them 48 hours in a box without food or water living in their own feces and urine."
Jennings volunteered to take care of the puppies until they could be placed with a family. He reached out to local media to provide his contact info so potential adopters could get in touch with him. Jennings took the pups Thursday morning to Dr. Alan Jones at the Animal Hospital of North Alabama who gave the pups a clean bill of health and provided all necessary vaccinations for free.
It was when Jennings left the vet's office he says he started to receive some peculiar text messages.
"Kinda disturbing." says Jennings, "people were asking me questions like, are these dogs going to be aggressive dogs - will they make good fighting dogs?"
Jennings said even though he wanted to ensure the puppies got a good home, the inquiries troubled him so he reached out to the Greater Huntsville Humane Society for help.
"And they advised me to bring them straight to them straight to them and they would take care of it, they would adopt them out from there that way there would be a paper trail."
Now any one interested in the puppies will have to fill out a certified adoption application, to ensure a loving home.
"It shows that there are people out there who do care, even thought apparently there re people out there who seemingly don't care."
Jennings will take the puppies to the Humane Society first thing Friday morning and has agreed to cover the cost of spaying and neutering for the future owners of the dogs.
If you are interested in adoption you can get in contact with the Human Society at 256-881-8081, inquire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the shelter at 2812 Johnson Road from 10a.m. to 4p.m Tuesday through Saturday.