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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Cyril Figgis is an 8-week-old dachshund mix puppy who loves to cuddle -- and is up for adoption.
Julie Johnson, who runs the city's shelter on Mount Vernon Avenue and is also Bakersfield SPCA director, said Cyril arrived at the shelter malnourished and extremely sick.
"He's a sweetheart," Johnson said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox." "And we are getting him healthy and ready for a family to adopt him."
Sharing sad news, Johnson talked about the latest 11 puppies that were found in boxes at a church parking lot. The puppies were sick because they had not been vaccinated.
You can save a puppy if you get them vaccinated and there are many places you can go to get it done, she said. Three shots can cost as little as $15.
Getting your pet vaccinated can prevent diseases such as parvo -- a highly contagious, often fatal viral disease that causes vomiting, severe diarrhea and depression.
Johnson said the shelter received a dog on Thursday that was so far gone with parvo that it had to be put down.
"That dog was all over the neighborhood so it could have potentially infected other dogs with parvo," Johnson said.
Johnson stressed the importance of pet owners taking care of their dogs just like people take care of themselves.
You can visit Cyril and other pets at the City of Bakersfield Animal Care Center at 201 Mt. Vernon Ave. or call 832-7387.