Woman who threw bag of newborn puppies in bin arrested

A woman who threw a bag of tiny newborn puppies into a steaming hot skip bin has been found and arrested for animal cruelty.

Deborah Sue Culwell, 54, was captured on security footage throwing seven puppies into a bin at the back of an auto parts store in Coachella, in the US state of California, on April 18.

A short time later, a man sifting through the bin discovered the puppies and took them to staff inside the store, who then alerted Riverside County Animal Services, BuzzFeed News reported.

The woman was captured on security footage ditching the puppies in the skip. Source: Riverside County Animal Services

Police then tracked down the woman and arrested her at her home on Monday, where animal control also seized 38 dogs who were living in squalid conditions.

"We were uncertain who would care for the dogs after she was arrested, so we were forced to impound all 38," public informations officer for Animal Services John Welsh said.

Security footage, released by police on Friday, showed the woman pull up in a white jeep, rush out of her car and ditch a tied up plastic bag in the bin.

A man found the puppies while sifting through the bin. Source: Riverside County Animal Services

She then gets back in the vehicle and drives away.

Mr Welsh described the person who rescued the puppies, believed to be a homeless man named John, as a “a hero in our mind”.

The puppies, of mixed terrier breeds and about three days old, were taken to a local rescue group where they were being bottle fed.

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