6 puppies rescued from car in desert

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RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. — A half-dozen puppies found in a hot car outside a shopping mall in Central California last week have been put under the care of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, the center announced Wednesday.

The Shepard-terrier mixes, about 4 weeks old, were discovered Friday in Kern County, where the temperature hit 107, said the center’s Jessica Gercke.

The puppies were listless and not moving when discovered by a passerby, according to the animal center. They were given veterinary care and shipped to the Woodward center on Tuesday.

Center officials say they’re now being cared for by a foster family.

“People seem to forget that the inside of a car is not the only dangerous place to leave a defenseless animal,” said Labeth Thompson, inventory manager at the center. “Any pet left outdoors with no shade or water is also at risk. Puppies, along with adult dogs that are older, large, overweight or on medication are at the highest risk of all.”

The center expects the puppies to be available for adoption by the end of this month.