EAST MONTPELIER — There was a somber note to our recent story about the life or death drama of nine motherless pups being cared for by the Central Vermont Humane Society.

Sadly, one of the pups died a week after being found abandoned in a cardboard box, despite round-the-clock care and regular feeding from staff and volunteers at the humane society.

“Join us in honoring and remembering the little one we affectionately called Little Madonna — she was so dramatic — and please send your warmest thoughts our way for the surviving eight puppies,” society events coordinator Linnea Cecere said in a recent email update.

Cecere said the death highlighted the difficulty in sustaining life in newborns, despite milk formula feedings which are considered a poor substitute for mother’s milk.

More importantly, Cecere said, the pup passing focused attention on the needless suffering caused by abandoning animals when humane societies will always welcome them. It is also illegal to abandon animals, she added.

Cecere said it will be several weeks before the rest of the pups are old and strong enough to be adopted.

In the meantime, if animal lovers — or anyone touched by the plight of the pups — would like to pitch in, it is time for the humane society’s biggest annual fundraiser. It is hoped participants will start early to sign up sponsors.

The June 3 Walk for Animals will involve an easy two-mile walk through downtown Montpelier, beginning at Montpelier High School at 9 a.m. In addition, there will be games and free refreshments, and contests that will include prizes for best costume, best kisser and best trick — we assume they’re talking about pets and not people. It is hoped to raise $70,000.

For more information, call 476-3811, ext. 110 or visit: www.centralvermonthumane.org.

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