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Cold puppy warms hearts in Saskatchewan

01/20/2012 11:38 EST | Updated 03/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Calls from people who want to help an abandoned puppy rescued from the cold by three hockey players are pouring in, says the SPCA in Prince Albert, Sask.

"The response from the public has been wonderful," SPCA spokeswoman Leanne Roberts told CBC News in reference to Raider, the six-week-old pup brought to the shelter on Tuesday night.

"We have had many people step forward and offer Raider a forever home. We will take things day by day and see how his recovery progresses."

Three hockey players with the Prince Albert Raiders found the puppy outside in the back of a truck on a night when temperatures fell below -30 C.

The trio — Josh Morrissey and teammates Carson Perreaux and Shane Danyluk — brought the pup inside their warmed-up car, wrapped a sweater around him and called the police.

Police took the puppy to the SPCA shelter.

Caller offers to pay vet bills

One person phoned and offered to pay the dog's veterinarian bills and the adoption fee.

"As it stands, the SPCA has already taken care of the vet bills, but we are more than willing to accept any help offered by this wonderful citizen," Roberts said.

The dog could have died in the cold but quick action by the three hockey players saved the day, she said.

The pup isn't in the greatest of health, however. It's being treated with antibiotics for mange.

Meanwhile, the Western Hockey League's Raiders have also offered to help.

According to Raiders marketing director Bruce Vance, the team is working to have one of the families who billet the players adopt Raider.

They are also hoping to have Raider come to the last game of the season on March 16 when they are holding a fundraiser with the SPCA.

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