Desperate appeal after girl, 6, discovers eight puppies dumped in bin


The RSPCA is pleading for information after eight puppies were dumped in a rubbish bin and left for dead.

A passing motorist raised the alarm at a rest stop in South Australia’s Riverland on Sunday.

By chance, the woman and her six-year-old daughter had stopped at the remote rest between Kingston and Wigley Flat for a bite to eat when they heard whimpering from a nearby concrete bin.

Unable to get the lid off, the woman was forced to kick it free so she could see what was inside.

Under a pile of rubbish she discovered two 20kg dog food bags with coat hanger wire wrapped around the zip-locks.

The RSPCA is pleading for information after an 'appalling' act of animal cruelty which left two tiny puppies dead.
The RSPCA is pleading for information after an 'appalling' act of animal cruelty which left two tiny puppies dead. Credit: RSPCA SA

The woman and her little girl managed to unwind the wire, discovering eight puppies stuffed inside.

Two of the puppies were limp, covered in maggots and unresponsive.

The woman attempted to give water to the other puppies, who were badly dehydrated but still responsive.

She called relatives for help, who rushed to the scene and wrapped the puppies in towels, rubbing them in a desperate bid to keep them alive.

An RSPCA inspector was called and took the puppies to a veterinary clinic but, sadly, one died in transit.

The other was euthanised on humane grounds once at the clinic.

Six puppies survived their ordeal.
Six puppies survived their ordeal. Credit: RSPCA SA

The remaining six puppies are now being cared for at the RSPCA’s Lonsdale shelter and are expected to make a full recovery.

RSPCA South Australia Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis has slammed the “appalling lack of empathy” shown by the person who dumped the puppies.

“This incident falls into the highest end of callous treatment of animals,” she Lewis said.

“It truly beggars belief that anyone could do this to eight vulnerable puppies.“

The RSPCA has urged anyone with information to come forward.

Abandoning an animal is an offence under South Australia’s Animal Welfare Act and anyone found guilty of such offence can face up to two years’ imprisonment or a $20,000 fine.

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