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Litter of puppies thrown from vehicle, the only survivor finds loving home

Three of the four dogs didn’t make it, but the surviving pup was adopted by a Tuscola family. (WCCU)

A litter of puppies thrown out of a moving vehicle has Douglas County Animal Control investigating.

A witness said she saw the driver throw four puppies onto Route 36 near Murdock earlier this week.

Three of the dogs didn’t make it, but the surviving pup was adopted by a Tuscola family.

The Bales family has named the six-week-old Beagle mix 'Piper'.

Father of the family, Josh Bales said at first he was hesitant at the idea of adopting another dog—but that soon changed.

"When I saw her and heard the story of what had happened,” Bales said. “She crawled up onto my shoulder and put her head up on my chin and I knew it was over. She was staying.”

Piper was brought to the Bales family by the witness who reported the animal cruelty case.

And although the Bales’ pet-friendly home is full of dogs and love, there’s no changing Piper’s past.

“There was a loud car with a loud exhaust that went by and she just started shaking frantically,” Bales said.

Douglas County Animal Control said whoever is guilty of this crime, could be charged with a felony for each dog that died.

The Bales family and witnesses are helping with the investigation. Bales said investigators have already narrowed down the suspects.

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