Police rescued six young blind spaniels moments before the driver tried to throw them into a plastic bag on the side of the road
- Police found the driver swinging a plastic bag onto the A689 in Bishop of Auckland
- After further investigation they discovered the five-day-old puppies
- The man was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and taken into custody
Six blind spaniel puppies were rescued by police moments before a driver dumped them in a plastic bag on the side of the road.
Liam Vernon and Luke Howie were driving in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, in the early hours of Saturday when they spotted a suspicious parked car on the A689.
When they turned to take another look, they saw the driver swinging a sealed plastic bag over the edge of a bank.
The officers put on their blue lights and pulled up behind the car before they saw the man throw the bag over the passenger seat and then pretend to check one of his tires.
Six blind puppies rescued a cocker spaniel just as the driver was about to dump them on the side of the road
They could hear a squeak coming from the bag, and when they checked inside, there were six five-day-old black puppies that were so small they hadn’t opened their eyes yet.
The six puppies make a full recovery and their parents were also rescued
They questioned the driver at the side of the road and arranged to take the flea-infested litter to a local vet for treatment.
The man, in his 50s, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, money laundering and trafficking in controlled drugs and has been taken into custody.
He has since been released on bail while investigations continue.
All 6 pups are making a full recovery in Wear Referrals Vets and will be supported soon.
The parents of the puppies were also rescued from his address.
‘The puppies were infested with fleas and if we had only had him seconds before, we would have been none the wiser,’ said PC Vernon.
Luke and I are dog lovers so it was one of those jobs that really stuck with us, we barely stopped to think about them but are so glad we rescued them – it really was the right place and the right time.”
Puppies were recovered from a plastic bag found in a suspicious parked car on the A689 in Bishop Auckland, County Durham
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