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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Cuddly duo show a lot of bottle

Published 10/03/2014 | 02:30

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Cupid and Valentino, who were left to die on the side of a road

A pair of newborn puppies were left to die at the side of a road.

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A workman discovered the adorable terrier cross pups freezing on a grass verge of the Athlone Road in Longford town.

They have been named Cupid and Valentino because they were found on the eve of St Valentine's Day.

The man placed the tiny pups in his hat to keep them warm and called the ISPCA.

Although it was initially feared the puppies wouldn't survive, the ISPCA's Denise McCausland never gave up hope. The veterinary nurse bottled fed the dogs around the clock.

Ms McCausland said the puppies would probably have died if they had not been spotted. "They were so small there was no chance they could even have crawled."

Cupid and Valentino are now expected to make a full recovery and when old enough the ISPCA will find them loving homes.

The ISPCA is appealing to the public for information as to the origin of these puppies. The National Animal Cruelty Helpline is 1890 515 515.

Irish Independent

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