The RSPCA has launched an appeal for information after three newborn puppies were found dead after they were put in a bin liner and thrown into a canal.
The dead puppies were discovered by construction workers at the West Midlands Metro site at Park Lane West in Tipton.
They noticed a suspicious looking package floating in the water near Mission Drive on Monday morning December 20.
The men pulled the bag out of the water and sadly found three dead puppies wrapped in white dishcloths, along with various plastic bags and a Mamia nappy box, inside.
RSPCA inspector Claire Davey collected the puppies and took them to the charity’s Birmingham Animal Hospital, where they were identified by a vet as two males and one female, thought to be no more than 24 hours old.
The vet said it was not possible to tell whether the pups – thought to be Staffordshire Bull terriers – were alive or dead when they had been put into the bag, although all three appeared to be healthy.
The RSPCA said the possibility they may have been stillborn has not been ruled out.
Ms Davey said: “It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see very young animals dumped like this in such a cold and heartless way – these tiny, vulnerable pups still had their umbilical cords attached – so they were extremely young, probably no more than 24 hours old.
“It’s not clear whether they died during birth, of natural causes, or if something more sinister has happened, which is why I’m very keen to establish exactly how they came to be found in these appalling circumstances.
“We are also very concerned about the welfare of their mum and any other litter mates.
“I’d also like to extend my thanks to the construction workers who very kindly called us and were understandably shocked and upset by what they found.”
Anyone with information about the puppies and how they came to end up in the canal can contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line, in confidence, on 0300 123 8018.”
Last December, the RSPCA received 51,000 calls – which amounts to one call every minute.
Ms Davey added: “With our teams out on the frontline across England and Wales rescuing animals from danger and suffering 365 days a year, we are often their only hope.
“We’re asking people to Join the Rescue this Christmas to help bring animals to safety.”
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