Abandoned puppy found in duffel bag

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SAN DIEGO -- An abandoned puppy, stuffed in a small duffel bag, was discovered in some bushes in Little Italy on Dec. 1.

David Schneider went for a walk with his 11-month-old son, Kingston, and dog, Luigi, when he came across whimpering and some movement in the bushes along Kettner Boulevard.

He discovered a blue bag that was partially zipped up. As he studied it, he saw a dog's snout peek out of the zipper and he opened it to find a seven-and-a-half pound, nine-month-old puppy.

Schneider said the bag appeared clean, but he was not sure how long the dog had been left there. He took the puppy, now named "Duffy," into his home and had the intention of keeping him. Duffy was described by Schneider as lovable and a great cuddler.

After a few days, Schneider turned Duffy over to the County's Animal Services. After initial tests showed no signs of neglect or poor health, she was transferred Thursday morning to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

Duffy will be available for adoption on Saturday with a $145 adoption fee. An application can be completed online or at the RCHS. For more information, visit SDpets.org or call them at 760-753-6413.

Animal abandonment is illegal in the state of California. If a person is caught doing it, they can be fined, face jail time, or both.

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