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ARCHIVE VIDEO: Puppy thrown into river and left to die 'ecstatic after being re-united with mum'

Seven puppies were left for dead after being dumped in a river near Clara, Co Offaly last Wednesday. Six died, but Splash was rescued by a passer-by and is thriving.

Yesterday, Cara Rescue Dogs picked up a stray collie named Clara who was "full of milk" and was found abandoned near where the puppies were left.

"We cannot say for certain she is his mother, but their reaction when they were re-united was very special. The puppy was separated from his mother for at least six days and we're trying to establish if Clara is his mum.

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