Puppy found in zipped-up duffel bag

Posted at 4:25 PM, Dec 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-11 19:25:20-05

ENCINITAS, Calif. - A puppy found zipped into a duffel bag in San Diego is being cared for by the Rancho Coastal Humane Society and will be available for adoption beginning Saturday.

The 7-pound puppy that appears to be about nine months old was discovered in the bag behind some bushes last week along Kettner Boulevard, according to the society.

The man who found the dog kept it for a couple of days, but after she went unclaimed, he took her to county Animal Services. The puppy, who appears to be a chihuahua mix, was transferred Thursday to the Rancho Coastal Humane Society.

"We'll probably never know why someone put this puppy in a duffel bag, zipped it shut, then left it in the bushes along such a busy street," RCHS President Jim Silveira said. "She seems to be healthy and, while she's a little bit shy, she's a happy little dog once she feels comfortable in her surroundings."

Now named "Duffy," her medical exam showed no signs of neglect or poor health, according to the RCHS.

"We're handling Duffy like any other dog or cat that comes to RCHS," Silveira said. "She's had a medical exam and we're taking note of her behavior. Her $145 adoption fee will include up to date vaccinations, spay, and registered microchip."

Information about Duffy or other animals at the Humane Society is available online at, or by calling (760) 753-6413. Prospective adoptees can also visit animals in the facility between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day except Tuesday at 389 Requeza St.