Pit bull-mix puppies found covered in bleach; investigation ongoing

Pit bull-mix puppies were found covered in chemicals in El Paso's Lower Valley.

Seven puppies were found Feb. 4 at 7966 Esther Road inside a dumpster behind a church, police officers with the new El Paso Animal Cruelty unit said.

Manuel Garcia found the puppies after Sunday church service ended at Living Water Christian Center.

"We always check the parking (lot) after the services," Garcia said. "I heard the noise coming out of the dumpster."

Garcia said he found the puppies in a plastic bag.

They were covered in bleach and other hazardous chemicals, investigators said.

Three of the pit bull-mix puppies died. A spokesperson for El Paso Animal Services said the four surviving puppies were fostered and then adopted soon after.

Church leaders are ensuring something like this can't happen again. They have a new dumpster that is secured with a lock.

"Whoever is going to put trash in there has to have a key and open it," Senior Pastor Jose Portillo said. "It's a little more secure."

Investigators are asking anybody with information about this case or the individuals responsible to call 915-212-0800, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of El Paso, at 915-566-TIPS (8477).

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