Five newborn pups left for dead in coal bag in Irish woodland
Five puppies were discovered in a coal bag in a quiet woodland area of Woodstown, Co Waterford on Friday.
The collie-cross puppies were left to die in the bag until a passer-by heard a faint cry.
The woman investigated the contents of the bag to find five puppies inside and contacted the Waterford SPCA for help.
The puppies are less than five weeks old.
They are now under the care of a fosterer.
"It is shocking how anyone could just abandon such young helpless puppies far too young to be separated from their mother and just left to fend for themselves," said ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey.
"I find it impossible to understand why anyone could do such a thing."
The ISPCA is appealing to the public who may have information as to the origin of the puppies to get contact the Waterford SPCA or the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515.