Video: Ten puppies abandoned in a box in south Down
Ten puppies have been left abandoned in a box in the south Down area.
The spaniels, who are no more than 7 weeks old, were found dumped in a box in a garden by the Newry Council Dog Warden who brought them to USPCA animal rescue.
Posting on their Facebook page the USPCA called those responsible "heartless".
It said: "These ten poor puppies are currently being looked after at the USPCA Animal Hospital.
"The unfortunate creatures were found dumped by a heartless individual in a box in a garden in the South Down area, left to fend for themselves."
However the puppies are not ready for rehoming just yet.
The USPCA said: "They will now go through a quarantine period, receive the treatment they need and once they are fit and healthy will be put up for adoption in a few weeks time. We are not taking enquiries about rehoming them just yet."