Two puppies die after a litter of eight were dumped in dog food bags thrown in a bin

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Two puppies were eaten alive by fleas and maggots after they and six of their siblings were shoved in dog food bags and dumped in a bin.

Nicole Olsen and her six-year-old daughter Harper discovered the five-week old Kelpie-cross puppies by chance at a remote rest stop between Wigley Flat and Kingston on Murray in South Australia on November 1.

Ms Olsen and Harper were eating a lunch when they heard a whimpering sound coming from a bin, which was concrete on the outside and metal on the inside. 

Some of the surviving five-week old Kelpie-cross puppies after a litter of eight were discovered in dog food bags in a bin at a rest stop between Wigley Flat and Kingston on Murray in South Australia on the afternoon of November 1

Ms Olsen kicked off the lid and found two 20kg dog food bags stacked on top of each other with coat hanger wire wrapped around the zip locks to seal them shut.

She and Harper unwound the wire and were shocked to discover eight five-week-old Kelpie-cross puppies inside.

Two puppies at the bottom of the lower bag were limp, covered in maggots and fleas, and completely unresponsive. 

The remaining six were still responsive but badly dehydrated. Ms Olsen and her daughter rescued the the surviving pups and gave them water. 

The temperature was 25C at the time, which effectively made the concrete and metal bin a hellish oven for the distressed puppies.  

Unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat through their skin and rely on panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose to regulate their body temperature and keep cool.   

Cooling down is next to impossible for a puppy trapped in dog food bags with seven others in a hot metal bin.  

Two puppies (pictured) at the bottom of the lower bag were limp, covered in maggots and fleas and completely unresponsive. Sadly, one of the seriously ill puppies died in transit while the other was euthanised on humane grounds

Two puppies (pictured) at the bottom of the lower bag were limp, covered in maggots and fleas and completely unresponsive. Sadly, one of the seriously ill puppies died in transit while the other was euthanised on humane grounds

Two puppies (pictured) at the bottom of the lower bag were limp, covered in maggots and fleas and completely unresponsive. Sadly, one of the seriously ill puppies died in transit while the other was euthanised on humane grounds

Unable to lift the bin's (pictured) metal lid off, Ms Olsen kicked it off and found two Drover brand 20kg dog food bags (pictured inside bin) stacked on top of each other with coat hanger wire wrapped around the zip locks to seal them shut

Unable to lift the bin's (pictured) metal lid off, Ms Olsen kicked it off and found two Drover brand 20kg dog food bags (pictured inside bin) stacked on top of each other with coat hanger wire wrapped around the zip locks to seal them shut

Ms Olsen and Harper unwinded the wire on the bags (pictured) and were shocked to discover a total of eight five-week old Kelpie-cross puppies inside of them before lifting them out

Ms Olsen and Harper unwinded the wire on the bags (pictured) and were shocked to discover a total of eight five-week old Kelpie-cross puppies inside of them before lifting them out

Unable to lift the bin’s (left) metal lid off, Ms Olsen kicked it off and found two Drover brand 20kg dog food bags (left and right) stacked on top of each other with coat hanger wire wrapped around the zip locks to seal them shut. Ms Olsen and Harper unwinded the wire and were shocked to discover a total of eight five-week old Kelpie-cross puppies inside of them before lifting them out.

One of two puppies that passed away after being dumped in an extremely remote bin with six of their brothers and sisters

One of two puppies that passed away after being dumped in an extremely remote bin with six of their brothers and sisters

One of two puppies that passed away after being dumped in an extremely remote bin with six of their brothers and sisters

Ms Olsen was returning from a family event in Renmark to her home in Gawler and called family members in two other cars to help save the puppies.  

Family members divided the puppies between three vehicles and wrapped the two sickest canines in towels and rubbed them to keep them conscious. 

Once home in Gawler, RSPCA South Australia collected the puppies and rushed them to a veterinary clinic. 

But one of the seriously ill puppies died in transit while the other puppy at the bottom of the bag was euthanised because it was too far gone. 

The remaining six puppies, three female and three male, were all flea-infested and dehydrated but are expected to fully recovery despite their shocking ordeal. 

RSPCA SA foster carers are looking after the six survivors in their homes until they are old enough to be desexed and made available for adoption. 

RSPCA South Australia Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis holds two of the saved puppies. Ms Lewis said 'this incident falls into the highest end of callous treatment of animals'

RSPCA South Australia Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis holds two of the saved puppies. Ms Lewis said 'this incident falls into the highest end of callous treatment of animals'

RSPCA South Australia Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis holds two of the saved puppies. Ms Lewis said ‘this incident falls into the highest end of callous treatment of animals’

Ms Lewis cradles two of the puppies. RSPCA SA foster carers are looking after the six surviving puppies in their homes until they are old enough to be desexed and made available for adoption

Ms Lewis cradles two of the puppies. RSPCA SA foster carers are looking after the six surviving puppies in their homes until they are old enough to be desexed and made available for adoption

Ms Lewis cradles two of the puppies. RSPCA SA foster carers are looking after the six surviving puppies in their homes until they are old enough to be desexed and made available for adoption

One of the timid puppies looks into the camera after being saved from a hellish oven of a bin. The remaining six puppies, three female and three male, were all flea-infested and dehydrated but are expected to recovery fully despite their shocking ordeal

One of the timid puppies looks into the camera after being saved from a hellish oven of a bin. The remaining six puppies, three female and three male, were all flea-infested and dehydrated but are expected to recovery fully despite their shocking ordeal

One of the timid puppies looks into the camera after being saved from a hellish oven of a bin. The remaining six puppies, three female and three male, were all flea-infested and dehydrated but are expected to recovery fully despite their shocking ordeal

RSPCA South Australia Chief Inspector Andrea Lewis said ‘this incident falls into the highest end of callous treatment of animals’.   

‘These puppies were found purely by chance, and we have no idea how long they had been there,’ she said. 

‘You would have to assume that whoever did this did not want those puppies to survive, because this person has not only left them in a remote location but they have also put these young animals inside tightly secured bags, and then put the bin’s lid down. 

‘It truly beggars belief that anyone could do this to eight vulnerable puppies, and we urge anyone with any information about who might be responsible to come forward.’

Abandoning an animal is a crime under SA’s Animal Welfare Act, and anyone found guilty faces up to two years imprisonment or a $20,000 fine. 

However, a conviction could attract higher penalties because of the aggravated circumstances that led to two of the puppies dying. 

One of the surviving puppies looks adorable as it stares into the camera. Abandoning an animal is a crime under SA's Animal Welfare Act, and anyone found guilty faces up to two years imprisonment or a $20,000 fine

One of the surviving puppies looks adorable as it stares into the camera. Abandoning an animal is a crime under SA's Animal Welfare Act, and anyone found guilty faces up to two years imprisonment or a $20,000 fine

One of the surviving puppies looks adorable as it stares into the camera. Abandoning an animal is a crime under SA’s Animal Welfare Act, and anyone found guilty faces up to two years imprisonment or a $20,000 fine

The six surviving puppies sleep on top of each other. They will be reunited with their rescuers for the first time since they were found ten days ago on Wednesday

The six surviving puppies sleep on top of each other. They will be reunited with their rescuers for the first time since they were found ten days ago on Wednesday

The six surviving puppies sleep on top of each other. They will be reunited with their rescuers for the first time since they were found ten days ago on Wednesday

Two of the surviving puppies ahead of their reunion on Wednesday. Ms Olsen's relative Mandy said she hopes today's reunion will provide some closure to the traumatised children after they helped save the distressed puppies

Two of the surviving puppies ahead of their reunion on Wednesday. Ms Olsen's relative Mandy said she hopes today's reunion will provide some closure to the traumatised children after they helped save the distressed puppies

Two of the surviving puppies ahead of their reunion on Wednesday. Ms Olsen’s relative Mandy said she hopes today’s reunion will provide some closure to the traumatised children after they helped save the distressed puppies

The six surviving puppies will be reunited with their rescuers on Wednesday for the first time since they were found 10 days ago.

The rescuers include Ms Olsen, her daughter Harper, Ms Olsen’s seven-year-old nephew Easton and Easton’s mother Mandy. 

Mandy hopes today’s reunion will provide some closure to the traumatised children after they helped save the distressed puppies.    

‘We’re all really looking forward to seeing these beautiful babies again, and we’re so grateful to the RSPCA for being there for them,’ she said. 

‘I’ve told my children that we were like angels for these puppies, and I hope as many people as possible become Guardian Angels for all the animals waiting for new homes at RSPCA’s shelters.’ 

One of the surviving puppies saved by the Olsen family. The rescuers include Ms Olsen, her daughter Harper, Ms Olsen's seven-year-old nephew Easton and Easton's mother Mandy

One of the surviving puppies saved by the Olsen family. The rescuers include Ms Olsen, her daughter Harper, Ms Olsen's seven-year-old nephew Easton and Easton's mother Mandy

One of the surviving puppies saved by the Olsen family. The rescuers include Ms Olsen, her daughter Harper, Ms Olsen’s seven-year-old nephew Easton and Easton’s mother Mandy

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