CATHEDRAL CITY, Cali. -

Seven abandoned puppies were found near San El Jay Drive and 30th Avenue just after midnight Sunday.

A Cathedral City police officer was on a routine patrol in the area when he heard crying. The officer found a box hidden behind oleanders, holding 7 puppies inside. Three of the 7 puppies were dead while the rest were malnourished and very weak. The puppies are between 4 and 6 weeks old.

The puppies will be taken to a shelter.

If you have any information on who abandoned the puppies, contact the Cathedral City Police Department at (760) 770-0303.