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Fresno Deputy Comes to Rescue of Cold Waterlogged Puppies

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Two puppies were rescued Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, by a Fresno County sheriff's deputy. (Fresno County SO)
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Two tiny puppies huddled in a soggy west Valley vineyard were rescued Tuesday by a Fresno County sheriff’s deputy. The puppies are now warm and dry and in the custody of Fresno Humane Animal Services.

Deputy Andrew Rechsteiner was on patrol when he was learned that abandoned puppies were by the side of the road at Oakland and El Dorado avenues near Coalinga. Rechsteiner found the white-and-tan duo, wet and cold and huddled next to the busy roadway.

Deputy Rechsteiner holds one of the two puppies he rescued Tuesday. (Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)

He was able to corral the pups, wrap them in towels, and put them in the back seat of his patrol car for a ride to the Fresno Humane Animal Services.

(Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)

For more information about adopting the puppies, check the Fresno Humane Animal Services website at https://www.fresnohumane.org/.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email

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