Heartwarming twist after eight puppies found dumped in bin

Nadine Carroll
·3-min read

A mother who found eight puppies dumped in a bin at a truck stop has adopted the runt of the litter to show her children a positive outcome.

Nicole Olsen stopped by a rest area for lunch in Riverland, South Australia, with her six-year-old daughter Harper when they discovered the puppies abandoned in a bin on November 1.

The distressing rescue made a lasting impact for the mother and daughter. Two of the puppies were found in zip-locked dog food bags, and all of them were severely overheated and dehydrated.

The dogs were found in dog food bags, in a bin, on the side of the road. Source: RSPCA SA
The dogs were found in dog food bags, in a bin, on the side of the road. Source: RSPCA SA

While sadly two of the female puppies died, the other six puppies have all recovered after five weeks with RSPCA South Australia and are in good health.

Ms Olsen said knowing she did her best and saved most of the puppies has helped her and Harper recover from the traumatic discovery.

The smallest puppy of the litter quickly became Ms Olsen’s favourite and after taking them to RSPCA SA for much needed medical treatment, she decided to adopt the tan puppy, naming her Angel.

A woman adopts a puppy from the RSPCA SA after rescuing them.
Nicole Olsen adopted Angel (left) after finding her among eight puppies dumped in a truck stop bin. Source: RSPCA SA

“The kids wanted to adopt all six puppies, which of course wasn’t practical, but we felt it was good to adopt at least one of them so our children can care for her themselves, and enjoy a happy ending out of such a sad situation,” Ms Olsen told RSPCA SA.

It’s been over a month since Ms Olsen found the abandoned animals but Angel seemed right at home snuggling in to her new mum as cameras captured the heartwarming adoption at RSPCA’s Lonsdale shelter.

“She was the smallest and seemed to be struggling a lot, so we all had a soft spot for her,” Ms Olsen said.

RSPCA says thank you to rescuers

To thank the Olsen family for rescuing the puppies, RSPCA SA have offered Angel free puppy classes in 2021 so she can adjust to her new family now she is healthy and ready to move in with her rescuers.

Angel will live with Ms Olsen, her partner Michael, her daughter Harper, and the family’s 10-year-old poodle cross, called Harvey, who Ms Olsen says loves other dogs.

Six of the puppies survived following the rescue, while two sadly died. Source: RSPCA SA
Six of the puppies survived following the rescue, while two sadly died. Source: RSPCA SA

On days when the family is at work and at school, the puppy will stay with Mary, Ms Olsen’s mother-in-law, who lives nearby.

While these six puppies have found homes, RSPCA South Australia still has more than 600 animals in care.

Anyone wishing to support their care can donate to the RSPCA Guardian Angel Christmas appeal.

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