GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Five puppies thrown in the trash were rescued "just in time."
Five puppies were left out in a cardboard box and thrown out in the trash.
A worker doing some cleanup near Phillips Avenue heard something around a dumpster. When he got closer, he realized it was the box full of puppies.
Guilford County Animal Shelter workers say they were rescued just in time.
"They are very blessed that someone did see them and call animal control to bring them here because if they had stayed out there all night they would not have survived," explains Marsha Williams, with the Guilford County Animal Shelter.
The five-week-old puppies will each get a much needed bath, food and a checkup from the vet. Hours after being rescued they were still huddled together and shivering.
"They were very, very cold. They were covered in feces and urine, so they look very sickly," explains Williams.
The puppies are a pit mix or shepherd mix. If vet checkups go well they should be available for adoption in about three weeks.
The Guilford County Animal Shelter has filed a report with the Greensboro Police Department in hopes of finding whoever abandoned these puppies.