Dog owner branded a 'monster' after nine newborn husky puppies discovered in cable-tied bag in woods
A dog owner has been branded a 'monster' after a bag of nine puppies less than 24 hours old was discovered in a woods.
The bag of puppies was cable-tied closed when it was discovered by a couple out walking their dog in Garryhinch Woods in Co Laois on Sunday afternoon.
The couple's dog found the bag in undergrowth and attracted his owners' attention who rushed the puppies back to their car out of the cold.
The puppies, understood to be husky dogs, were taken into the care of Cara Rescue Dogs and Laois SPCA, but one has since died.
Non-profit organisation Cara Rescue Dogs have thanked the couple for saving the puppies' lives and said their dog "deserves a medal".
They have also thanked local businesses who have donated food to the young dogs.
"Thank you Robert and Laura for quickly getting them out of the cold and saving their lives," they wrote on their Facebook page.
"Your dog deserves a medal.
"Robert contacted us at Cara and within one hour had them in our care being syringe fed."
Laois SPCA volunteered to take four of the husky puppies while five of them remained in the foster care of the Cara Rescue Dog volunteer team.
"We are very worried about the poor mammy dog.," the Cara Rescue team said.
"The pups were less than 24 hours old. She will surely be pining for them as much as they are for her."
The rescue group have branded the act "barbaric and disgusting" and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
"This kind of abandonment is barbaric and disgusting. There is NO reasonable explanation for this.
"If anyone has any information please contact us," they added.