SPCA Otago animal attendant Rachel Van Grunsven holds
Napoleon, Nero, Nikita and Noah, four of five 9-week-old
puppies who have recovered from a rough start and are ready
for adoption. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Despite being left to die in a cold Dunedin alleyway nine
weeks ago, five mixed-breed puppies are in full health and
ready to be adopted as pets.
Napoleon, Nero, Nikita, Noah and Nico are the survivors from
a litter of seven abandoned in a lane near Brockville Rd in
A man walking home at night stumbled upon the pups as they
huddled in an open cardboard beer box.
He took them, still with their eyes closed and just a day or
so old, to SPCA Otago.
Although two puppies died, Dunedin woman Susan Turner
nurtured the others to an age where they could be adopted.
They were returned to the SPCA kennels at the weekend and are
being cared for by staff until homes are found.