1. ITV Report

Bodies of newborn puppies found dumped in County Durham

A picture of the towel and bag the puppies were dumped in Credit: RSPCA

An investigation has been launched after the bodies of three newborn puppies were dumped on an industrial estate.

The RSPCA believe the animals are Staffies and that "foul play" is involved as it would be unusual for three pups from the same litter to die of natural causes.

The dogs were discovered when staff came in to work at a business on Dabble Duck Industrial Park in Shildon, County Durham, on Friday(5th Feb.)

The RSPCA say a towel with a picture of "Snoopy" on it and a blue plastic carrier bag were found along with the puppies.

Inspectors believe they were thrown over the wall and spilled out of the bag when they landed or they were dumped when they were alive.

"No animal should be disposed of in this way -finding them has greatly upset the workers.

“If they were dumped alive I dread to think of the suffering they would have endured as there is still snow and ice on the ground in this area.

We are always a call away to help with any unexpected arrivals."

– Inspector Wilson, RSPCA

Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for Inspector Wilson.