Rescuer Adopts Pup Found Abandoned in Trash Bin Inside Dog Food Bag with 7 Siblings

A poor defenseless puppy and her seven siblings were abandoned and left to die inside a dog food bag filled with fleas and maggots that had been put inside a public trash bin. Thankfully, Nicole Olsen was out that day along with her daughter Harpy and discovered the Kelpie-cross puppies after hearing them whimpering from a concrete trash receptacle at a truck stop in Adelaide, Australia, on November 1. The mom knocked off the lid and discovered two large dog food bags stacked on top of each other. The bags had a coat hanger wire placed inside the zip locks sealing the dying pups inside.

Sadly, two of the pups didn’t survive. As for the six remaining pups, they have been nursed back to health after five weeks, thanks to compassionate RSPCA volunteers. Best of all, Nicole’s family decided to adopt one of the puppies, a sweetheart they named Angel, who had a red coat, unlike her siblings.

Today, Angel is living the good life as a member of the Olsen family, including Nicole, her partner Michael, her daughter Harper, and Harvey, the family’s ten-year-old poodle cross (who adores his new sister).

The other surviving pups were also adopted.

When they were found, the outdoor temperature had been 77-degrees Fahrenheit.

While this may not seem that hot for humans, but for puppies trapped in a sealed bag set inside a concrete trash bin, it was like an oven.

And unlike humans, dogs cannot sweat through their skin and must release heat by panting and through their noses and paw pads to regulate the body temperatures to keep cool.

However, it was impossible for the puppies to cool down, and had Nicole and her daughter not found them in time; they would have most certainly died.

Nicole was returning to her home in Gawler after attending a family event in Renmark when they came across the dogs.

She called family members who brought two vehicles to transport the puppies.

Family members then divided the pups and wrapped the most sickly survivors in warm blankets, rubbing them to keep them awake.

Once they arrived in Gawler, RSPCA South Australia came by and collected the pups, rushing them to a nearby veterinary clinic. Sadly, one of the pups was critically ill and died while in transport. And the puppy discovered at the bottom of one of the bags was too far gone and had to be euthanized.

The six remaining pups included three males and three females. They were all infested with fleas and dehydrated.

Andrea Lewis, SPCA South Australia Chief Inspector, said:

Under South Australia’s Animal Welfare Act, abandoning an animal is a crime. Anyone caught doing so faces penalties that include a maximum prison sentence of two years or a $20,000 fine.

In this case, a conviction would likely warrant higher penalties because two of the abandoned puppies died.