The BC SPCA says charges of animal cruelty are in the works, after they rescued two severely emaciated terrier-cross puppies who’d been left tethered outdoors in freezing temperatures without food or water.

The SPCA says the animals were found at a home near Ladysmith; wet, shivering and huddled together.  Their only shelter was a plastic doghouse that was wet and muddy inside with no insulation or bedding.

“It was heartbreaking to see how these little puppies were being forced to live,” says BC SPCA senior animal protection officer Tina Heary. “They were outside in the freezing cold, tangled up on tethers, emaciated, filthy, matted and covered in urine.”  One was so badly off he could only take a couple of steps before falling over.

The puppies, named Casey and Finnegan by SPCA staff, are now in the care of the Nanaimo SPCA and getting round-the-clock veterinary care and they’re expected to make a full recovery.

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