Whippet pups reunited with mum after being dumped at side of road
A litter of pups and their mother were rescued in Lisburn after being abandoned by the side of the road.
The four puppies, named Mia, Trooper, Fer#nando and Benny, are now doing well.
They have been taken to Almost Home Animal Rescue NI, with whippet mother Honey.
Unfortunately, one of the puppies had a fractured pelvis and had to be put down.
It is believed the animal suffered the injury being thrown from a moving vehicle.
The dogs were discovered on Wednesday on a lane at Waterloo Road by a member of the public who called Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.
The council sent its dog warden service to retrieve the puppies and their mother.
Officers rescued the puppies, who are between four and six weeks old, but Honey was so distressed that she hid from the wardens.
They were only able to collect her when they came back the following day.
Honey was brought to the council dog pound for a happy reunion with her pups, and yesterday, the family was taken to Almost Home in Moira.
The shelter will care for the dogs until they find a new home.
Councillor James Baird, chairman of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council's environmental services committee, praised the person who informed the council about the dogs.
"It is a disgraceful act by the person who left these five-week-old pups and their mother abandoned at the roadside to fend for themselves or be struck by passing traffic," Mr Baird said.
"These dogs could have been responsibly handed over to the council without any distress being caused to these animals and without judgment being made about the owner."
He also noted the importance of residents, sanctuaries and councils working together in animal welfare cases.