Abandoned pups now in demand

Three of the nine puppies dumped in a rubbish bin beside Lake Dunstan just before Christmas....
Three of the nine puppies dumped in a rubbish bin beside Lake Dunstan just before Christmas. Photos by Lynda Van Kempen
During the past week, Alexandra SPCA inspector Helen Saunders has been inundated with offers of homes "everywhere between Auckland and Invercargill" for the puppies left to die in a rubbish bin beside Lake Dunstan.

It was a week yesterday since the nine puppies, then 5 weeks old, were left in the bin near the boat ramp at the Clyde end of the lake in what Mrs Saunders called an act of "unbelievable cruelty".

The puppies, thought to be Staffordshire bull terrier or mastiff-cross, were left to die by "starvation, dehydration or cooking in the heat", she said.

PCA inspector Helen Saunders with two of the puppies.
PCA inspector Helen Saunders with two of the puppies.
However, she said the response from around the country had been heartening and she was now in the process of sending out application forms to those who had offered to take the dogs in.

She said it was "quite a thorough process" as the SPCA would consider the applications then inspect the homes to make sure they were up to standard and suitable for a dog.

It will still be "quite a few weeks" before the puppies could be re-homed as they still were not old enough to be vaccinated, microchipped and neutered, all of which would be done at a cost of $535 to the SPCA.

Mrs Saunders said one Hawea man had even offered reward money to help find whoever had left the puppies in the bin.

However, she said the SPCA was following strong leads and the man had donated the money instead.

She said one puppy had been a little unwell but had been seen by the vet and the rest were doing well.

 

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