Seven puppies have died after they were reportedly found stuffed and abandoned in binbags and dumped "like a bag of rubbish" on the side of a road.
A passerby made the disturbing and deeply upsetting discovery last Thursday (February 17), when they stumbled across two separate binbags containing spaniels and Shih Tzu crossbreeds in Runcorn, Cheshire.
In one of the bags, four Spaniel puppies were already dead with it being unclear whether they had suffocated inside or had already died.
Ark Angels rescue centre in Bradley took in the four surviving six-week-old puppies – three Shih Tzu and one Spaniel – which were named Rose, Candy, Cupid and Teddy.
Sadly all four of the puppies tested positive for the highly contagious parvovirus and can cause severe vomiting and diarrhoea in dogs, as well as reduced appetite and low energy, and can be fatal.
It is understood the incident was reported to Cheshire Police and the RSPCA.
Despite intensive, round the clock care from Ark Angels and vets, three of the puppies – Rose, Candy and Cupid died.
Kelly Roberts, founder of Ark Angels recuse centre, said the puppies were dumped "like a bag of rubbish".
Speaking to the ECHO, she said: "It's sad, very sad. This is maybe the worst case in the last couple of years in my experience."
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Puppy Teddy is now the only surviving dog and Kelly said he is in "very, very critical" condition, and the chances of surviving parvovirus at such a young age is "very low."
Kelly told the ECHO: "Ted is still very, very critical and really poorly. We won't really know until the weekend.
"Hopefully he starts to eat himself, because at the moment he is being tube fed.
"Losing the last three over the weekend, his little friend, brothers and sisters has been traumatic for him.
"So it's trying to find out what is fear after being tossed away in a binbag and what is him losing his little brothers and sisters, with being extremely poorly as well which has had a huge impact on him."
Ark Angels is fundraising for Teddy's treatment and donations can be made here.
Cheshire Police and the RSPCA have been approached for comment.
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