Four puppies belonging to a dog that was found dumped in a wheelie bin in Strabane have now died.
Dusty the dog, who was found by animal charity workers in a shed at an abandoned travellers site in Strabane last Sunday, died shortly after she was rescued, however two of her pups continue to fight for their lives.
Volunteers from Animals in Need NW fought to keep her pups alive, however despite their best efforts only two have survived.
Today the charity confirmed that the pups are doing really well and are now drinking bottles instead of syringes.
The story of the animal neglect has provoked outrage online and an investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Karen Harte from Animals in Need NW, who found the dogs, said it was the worst case of neglect she had seen.
“I have been doing this 16 years,” she said. “I have never seen anything like this.”
Gareth Connor, founder of Animals in Need NW praised the staff at Drumahoe Veterinary Practice.
“The vet stayed with her all night,” he said. “But with further investigations, they discovered she had fluid in her lungs and internal bleeding and she died.”
Animals in Need NW is asking for donations to help it care for the tiny puppies. Many people have already responded.
Dusty and her puppies will be cremated and their ashes scattered on a beach at which members of the public will be invited.