Thirteen-year-old Jonathon Flatt was on his way to catch the bus to school when something else caught his attention - the rustling of a garbage bag nearby. Stopping to investigate, Jonathon discovered a bag hidden in the tall grass at the edge of a field in Southwest Albuquerque ... with six newborn puppies inside.
"They were starving," Jonathon told local outlet KRQE. He immediately called his mother, Jamie Flatt, who rushed over to help him. The puppies were hungry, scared and covered in ticks.
So the Flatts took the little pups home and gave them the care they needed. And, though it took them a few days to get comfortable in what was probably their first home, the Flatts won the puppies over.
Jonathon saved these puppies' lives just by stopping investigate a strange noise - but he also learned a sad lesson about the cruelty of his fellow humans.
"There's a pound right over there, they shouldn't have just abandoned them to die," Jonathon told KRQE. "It's sick."
The Flatts plan to care for the puppies until they're old enough to find forever homes. And Jonathon has even bigger plans - now he wants to become a veterinarian when he grows up.