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Two Puppies Rescued From West Baltimore Basement Being Treated for Parvo

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 03:55 PM EDT

After being rescued from a basement in West Baltimore, two of the more than 30 homeless puppies held in crates without food and water have contracted Parvo, a potentially deadly disease.

Parvo is a highly contagious virus that spreads from dog to dog and requires expensive treatment. The two puppies are being treated, but the shelter is in need of more funding to keep them on the road to recovery.

Authorities found the 32 puppies in the basement of a West Baltimore home on Thursday, after receiving a noise complaint from a neighbor. Officers found the puppies crowded in cages and say there was no food or water in sight. Investigators say the owner brought the puppies to Maryland from other states and had intended to sell them.

The shelter first noticed the two dogs were sick when one began to vomit on Saturday night. Sadie and Murphy were then both diagnosed with Parvo and are now under 24-hour care.

"It's something a lot of dogs don't survive," Dr. Diane Cordray said.

To treat the disease, the Saving Grace Animal Rescue of Maryland needs to raise $5,000. As of Monday morning, less than $400 had been collected.

"It is not cheap to do it," Dr. Cordray said. "If we have the funds to do it and we're able to do it- help a critter like this, it's really a good thing."

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Two Puppies Rescued From West Baltimore Basement Being Treated for Parvo

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