Passerby shocked to find four two-week-old puppies dumped in a bin bag inside a park in freezing temperatures
The puppies were found in Reading Park by a passerby and the RSPCA rushed to the scene to rescue them
Four tiny puppies that were just two weeks old and hadn't even opened their eyes were left for dead in freezing conditions close to the University of Reading in Berkshire. The puppies were found dumped in a bin bag at Whitenights Lake in Reading Park with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said to be investigating the incident.
According to a news release by the RSPCA, the bag was first found dumped under a tree by a passerby at around 10 am in the morning on Monday, November 19. Upon closer inspection, the person was shocked to find four young puppies inside.
The RSPCA was notified of the distressed young pups and rushed to the scene to rescue them. They were rushed to a veterinary hospital for emergency treatment and would survive. Of the four puppies, the two female ones were named Ivy and Tinsel, and the two male ones were named Ruby and Chestnut.
A spokesman for the charity said that the pups were now being cared for by a foster carer for the time being and that they hope to find them a permanent home soon. The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information and has asked anyone with details concerning who may have dumped the puppies to come forward.
Speaking about the incident, RSPCA animal welfare officer Justine Hermon revealed how the puppies may not have survived the cold if they had been found any later. "The puppies are very lucky to have been found — at this age there is no way they would have survived on their own," she said. "They are very young and do not yet have their eyes open."
She continued, "They were rushed to a vet where they received immediate treatment and are now with a foster carer, who is looking after them around the clock as they are completely reliant on hand-rearing to replicate the care their mum should be giving them."
Hermon said it was "heartbreaking" that a person could "put them in a bag and leave them to die." She said, "There is never an excuse for treating animals with such cruelty," urging "anyone who saw anything suspicious at all to call us on 0300 123 8018."
Unsurprisingly, social media did not take too kindly to the culprit either. One person wrote, "Pure evil!!!!" while another similarly commented, "Cruel evil people, the poor mum of the puppies must be pining for them..."
"This world is getting worse," a third person wrote, while few others said the easy solution to avoiding such problems was to get your dog neutered. "So cruel. No need. Take to a rescue center if you don’t want or can’t manage. Better still if you have a dog get it neutered. Better for their health and no babies," they said.