Puppy Impounded In Kansas City: How Did Kia The Dog Survive 4 Weeks In Impounded Car? [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on May 8, 2013 10:35 AM EDT

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A puppy impounded in a car in a Kansas City, Mo., impound lot survived for nearly four weeks with little food and almost no water. (Photo: Kansas City Star / YouTube)

Kia, a 12-week-old puppy impounded in a car in a Kansas City, Mo., lot for nearly 4 weeks, is recovering nicely after being rescued on Monday.

Kia the puppy was discovered in the vehicle when a tow truck company employee making the rounds saw the scrappy dog jumping around, according to a Kansas City municipal government spokesman. Police were called in to unlock the vehicle and deliver Kia to the Kansas City Pet Project.

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The puppy, a terrier-schnauzer mix, spent a third of her young life in the car, surviving on fast food remnants and old cigars that the car's owner left behind. The cool temperatures that Kansas City has seen this spring helped Kia's survival chances.

"It's devastating to hear and then it's inspiring to hear at the same time," said Tori Fugate, with Kansas City Pet Project. "Hearing how this little girl who's 12 weeks old has lived in this car for this long in those conditions is just amazing."

The most amazing part, said Billie Deam, a Kansas City veterinarian, is that "[w]ithout an appreciable amount of water, it's pretty miraculous for a puppy to survive three weeks in a car." Deam added, "Physiologically it's possible, depending on what she was eating to survive on. But it's really stretching the outer limits of what's possible."

According to Teresa Johnson, CEO of Kansas City Pet Project, Kia is dehydrated and emaciated and will need to gain weight before being put up for adoption.

"I'm not sure how the car came to be on the tow lot and how someone didn't notice this long," Johnson said. Officials are attempting to track down the car's owner from the license plates, in order to file neglect charges against them.

The Kansas City Pet Project named her Kia, because they couldn't think of any appropriate names to draw from the vehicle she was discovered in, a 1990 Chevy Suburban.

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