‘Moving’ suitcase leads to rescue on North Carolina highway


A passerby noticed a suitcase was moving along a North Carolina road and discovered puppies were zipped inside, according to Guilford County Animal Services.

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An unusual animal rescue played out along a North Carolina highway, when passersby noticed an abandoned suitcase mysteriously “moving” by itself.

A closer inspection revealed four live puppies were zipped inside, according to Guilford County Animal Services.

It happened Saturday, Sept. 17, and agency officials are lauding the “good Samaritans” who stopped to investigate.

Their identity and details of where in the county the suitcase was found were not released. Guilford County is about 75 miles west of Raleigh, along Interstate 40.

“They saw the suitcase moving, and a nose was poking out of an unzipped corner. There were four puppies in the suitcase,” shelter officials said.

“They were shocked as to what they found, and immediately brought them to the shelter.”

The couple brought the suitcase along with the small black puppies, but an inspection of it gave no indication of an owner.

“This was a first for us,” shelter officials said. “These puppies will now be medically evaluated and hopefully up for adoption or rescue soon.”

News of the rescue has gotten hundreds of reactions on social media, with most lauding the rescuers and condemning the person who left the dogs trapped.

“This just breaks my heart and makes me so angry all at the same time,” one woman wrote on the shelter’s Facebook page. “It’s so cruel. They all had to be terrified.”

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Mark Price has been a reporter for The Charlotte Observer since 1991, covering beats including schools, crime, immigration, LGBTQ issues, homelessness and nonprofits. He graduated from the University of Memphis with majors in journalism and art history, and a minor in geology.

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