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Animal charity's anger as litter of puppies ‘left for dead’ in plastic bag

Three new-born puppies were this month discovered in a plastic bag that had been attached to a barbed wire fence as though it were rubbish. Authorities are ‘lost for words’.

By Nick Whittle , 16 Jul 2020

Writes the ES., Irish animal charity the ISPCA has begun a bid to find the perpetrator of what the charity has labelled a “heartless act”.

A local Donegal vet was alerted to the find by a member of the public on Wednesday July 8th. On initial inspection the bag was believed to contain kittens.

Rescue bid

Vet Alexander Smyth who took the call attended the scene and revealed the bag to contain three collie pups. Because the bag was precariously hanging above a stream, Dr Smyth trod carefully; his wrong move may have caused the bag to drop into the water.

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In a statement ISPCA Senior Inspector Kevin McGinley said, “It is disturbing how anyone could be so cruel and heartless, to put three vulnerable little puppies in a plastic bag leaving them to dangle over a river to an inevitable death.”

Dr Smyth estimated the dogs to be around 10 days old at the time of his rescue. They have since been brought into care and have been treated for hypothermia and starvation.

Although they remain in intensive care the puppies are recovering. The ISPCA hopes that in time they will find their forever homes.