WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: A 10-day-old puppy was found dumped in an esky on the front lawn of a vacant property in Sydney, while council clean up was happening.
The puppy was left in the esky on Carpenter Street, in the Colyton, Penrith on Tuesday morning, RSPCA NSW said.
When the puppy was found it was about eight degrees outside, with a one-degree windchill.
"Neonatal puppies are unable to thermoregulate, and exposure to these harsh weather conditions would have severely impacted the puppy’s welfare," the RSPCA said.
The puppy was transported to RSPCA Yagoona for emergency veterinary treatment, however, RSCPA NSW confirmed on Thursday the puppy was humanely euthanised.
"Despite our best efforts, it is with great sorrow that we can confirm the physical condition of the puppy was deemed cruel to be kept alive, and the puppy was humanely euthanised," an RSPCA NSW spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News Australia.
"This is an incredibly sad situation, and we are hoping that through our public appeal for information, our inspectorate will receive some vital leads for this investigation."
The investigation is ongoing and an autopsy will be performed on the puppy to determine the extent of its injuries.
RSPCA Inspectors are now looking for the two people who "discovered" the puppy between 8.20am and 8.50am on Tuesday.
One man is described as being tall and Caucasian, with a strong build, approximately 70 to 80 years of age wearing a jacket and hat while the other man is tanned with a regular build.
The second man was accompanied by a yellow Labrador with a harness and coat.
Along with the puppy, a red ‘Puma’ branded t-shirt, a green children’s singlet with a pineapple print and a padded item that appears to be part of a baby’s car seat were also found in the Styrofoam esky.
Anyone with information regarding the two men or the belongings found in the esky is being asked to contact RSPCA NSW immediately.
NSW Police are assisting with the RSPCA inquiries.
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