SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Search and rescue personnel and wildlife officers in northern Utah have rescued three Great Pyrenees puppies abandoned in frigid temperatures in the mountains.
Members of the Weber County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources say snowmobilers near Monte Cristo first found the puppies Sunday hiding in an animal carcass.
Authorities say Hope’s Rescue in Ogden is identifying homes for the puppies.
Authorities say snowmobilers returned to the area after trying to capture a female Great Pyrenees seen Saturday.
An animal rescue activist says the puppies’ mother was likely left behind by a sheep rancher escaping the mountains for winter.
Authorities say abandoned Great Pyrenees are reported in the mountains yearly, but animal cruelty statutes do not apply to livestock animals like herding dogs.