Live puppies dumped at tip
ANIMAL welfare groups have urged people to take unwanted pets to councils, vets or care centres rather than dump them.
The calls come after a litter of five newborn puppies was found abandoned in a plastic bag at the Lake Clarendon dump.
The puppies were found by a woman at the dump who called a radio station to find someone to care for them.
While they ended up in the hands of animal carer Jenny Savage, of Jaws n Paws, only one of the five survived.
"Three of them died before the woman got home," Ms Savage said.
"And the little boy died within 24 hours. The remaining girl is powering through though."
Ms Savage said while dumping unwanted animals was relatively common, it didn't have to be.
"They could have gone to the council; they could have gone to a vet; or to a rescue group.
"The Esk pound take surrenders for free to stop this happening.
"The animals will be put down, but at least it's humane, which abandoning them isn't.
"It could have taken a few days for these puppies to die - not a nice way to go."
Ms Savage said the still unnamed remaining puppy was thriving.
"She's so cute.
"She's got her eyes open now and she's really going well.
"We're not sure if she is a Rotty or a Kelpie-cross, she's black and tan so she's one of the two."
While Ms Savage said abandoning unwanted pets was relatively common, dumping a litter in a plastic bag was not.
"It's quite unpleasant.
"It happens a lot in the country areas."
Ms Savage said while Jaws n Paws would desex and vaccinate the puppy before trying to rehome it, she had still had her hands full caring for the recovering puppy.
"That's the furthest thing from my mind right now.
"I'm just concentrating on making sure she's well."