Five seven-week-old puppies 'dumped in a box and left to die'
Animal rights groups have expressed their disgust after five seven-week-old puppies were dumped in a box and left to die.
The puppies were discovered discarded in a box in the Meelin area of north Cork.
All of the puppies had swollen abdomens from a parasite infestation when found..
An ISPCA inspector has branded the perpetrator as 'inhumane'.
“It is disgraceful that someone would abandon such young little defenceless puppies when they are so ill," she said.
"Once again here we see what happens when the breeding of dogs is allowed by irresponsible, careless owners.
"To imagine someone cast them aside to die in a ditch is inhumane.
"We are hopeful that they will make a full recovery and will be available for adoption in the New Year," she added.
The puppies were taken to the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre in Mallow for vet assessment and treatment.
They were described as 'lethargic' during a medical check-up.
The puppies are reported to still be very weak and will require ongoing treatment.
The ISPCA are warning families this Christmas that puppies "do not make good surprise Christmas gifts".
"Puppies should never be bought on a whim or given as a surprise at any time of year," they said.
"Researching the right pet for your household and lifestyle is very important and taking on a pet is a long term commitment that can affect your life for the next 15 years."