After eight puppies were dumped in a rubbish bin and left for dead, the RSPCA is begging for details.
At a rest stop in South Australia’s Riverland on Sunday, a passing motorist raised the alarm.
By chance, when the woman and her six-year – old daughter had heard whimpering from a nearby concrete bin, they stopped at the remote rest between Kingston and Wigley Flat for a bite to eat.
The woman was forced to knock it free, unable to get the lid off so she could see what was inside.
She found two 20-kg dog food bags with coat hanger wire wrapped around the zip-locks under a pile of rubbish.
The woman and her little girl found eight puppies stuffed inside and managed to unwind the cable.
Two of the puppies, coated in maggots and unresponsive, were limp.
The woman tried to give the other puppies, who were severely dehydrated but still sensitive, water.
She called for help from friends, who raced to the scene and wrapped the puppies in towels and rubbed them in a desperate attempt to keep them alive.
An inspector from the RSPCA was called and took the puppies to a veterinary clinic, but unfortunately, one died in transit.
Once at the facility, the other was euthanized on humane grounds.
“This incident falls into the highest end of callous treatment of animals,” RSPCA South Australia Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis said.
“It truly beggars belief that anyone could do this to eight vulnerable puppies.“
The RSPCA has urged anyone with details to come forward.