Seven puppies were dumped in a skip bin after their mother was shot dead and left next to a nearby tree.

The border collie-cattle dog puppies were rescued from the side of the road near Toowoomba, west of Brisbane, last Sunday.

Vet nurse Alex Baker said the puppies would have been crushed in a garbage truck if a woman hadn’t rescued them, hitting out at whoever dumped them.

‘It’s a pretty horrible person. I can’t imagine anybody who would do that – They would have been crushed. It wouldn’t be nice at all.’ 

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It appeared the puppies were left without any food for at least a day.

Their 27-year-old rescuer sheltered the puppies in her apartment for three days, with her two cats, after they were rescued from Jondaryan, north-west of Toowoomba.

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‘They’re actually in quite good condition and they’re much older than we were expecting,’ Ms Baker said.

The puppies have since been transferred to Off The Chain K9 Rescue, a non-profit group in Toowoomba that is finding new homes for the furry animals.

Their new permanent foster carers will be given the honour of naming them.

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