Puppy Survives 4 Weeks in Impounded Car
Kia probably ate McDonald's trash, but had no water
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff | Suggested by GeorgeL
Posted May 7, 2013 1:18 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A 12-week-old puppy somehow managed to survive for four of those weeks in an impounded car in Kansas City, the Kansas City Star reports. Little Kia is believed to have subsisted on McDonald's trash and cigars that were left in the Buick, which was impounded April 8 for being illegally parked, but employees at the tow lot saw no sign of any water in the car. She arrived at the city's animal shelter after finally being found yesterday, emaciated and dehydrated and looking more like an 8-week-old puppy, and was finally able to eat a little dog food.

The terrier-schnauzer mix is expected to survive—KSHB notes that the cooler weather likely had a hand in that—and will be placed in a foster home so she can be trained and get veterinary care before going up for adoption in two weeks. Employees at the tow lot are upset, and say they're not sure how Kia went undetected for so long; it's possible she was hiding, and employees typically don't unlock doors when a car arrives locked, as this one did. No one ever came to claim the car or the dog. City officials are investigating.

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May 7, 2013 2:13 PM CDT
Good for you. (To GeorgeL.) In February I adopted a half starved cat that had been caught in a trap set by animal control. She was skin and bones even after the 9 day quarantine and her poor paws and parts of her tail were raw. I don't think she's stopped eating since I got her home but you should see her now. She weighs 10 lbs., her fur has grown back in and she thinks she owns the place. I'm afraid I've spoiled her rotten but what can you do?
May 7, 2013 1:29 PM CDT
I live in K.C. and I'm going to try to adopt her. I tried calling the animal shelter and was told that they were not accepting applications for that until they are sure she is fit for adoption. I hope to be first in line when that happens. I would give her a good loving home with two other friendly dogs to play with.