DENVER (CBS4)- Animal control officers in Denver want to know who threw away two dogs. Neighbors found the male and female chihuahuas in a dumpster near Sheridan and Alameda on Sunday.

The dogs are being cared for at the Denver Animal Shelter. The female is pregnant and is missing a back leg.

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Mike Nunez and his son, Miguel, went into the alley behind their home to throw away some trash on Sunday, they found the dogs in the dumpster.

“I climbed in the dumpster and got the dogs,” said Miguel.

“They probably would have been squished in the trash truck,” said Nunez.

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Although scared, the dogs allowed Mike and Miguel to pick them up and take them inside. They gave the dogs food and water, and then called animal control officers.

“For them to be treated like that, it really breaks my heart,” said Nunez. “It makes me sad to see that people value life so little.”

The chihuahuas are getting used to being fed and consistent, constant positive care and nurturing at the shelter.

The dogs will be on hold for five days in case the owner may reclaim them. They could be held for longer if enough information about their situation is gathered to warrant an investigation.

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The female will likely to go a small dog rescue so she can have her puppies before being adopted out. The male will probably stay at the Denver Animal Shelter and be available for adoption in a few days.