THIS was one of four tiny puppies crammed into a box - then dumped in a South Yorkshire wood and left in the cold to die.
Their heartless owners drove the puppies to a wood near Dinnington, then walked them through undergrowth before cramming them into a box at a remote spot where they were most unlikely to be found.
By sheer luck the frightened puppies were discovered before they froze to death.
The litter, thought to be Staffordshire bull terriers crossed with a bull mastiff, were found in Swinston Hill Woods by a man walking his own dog.
He carried the frightened pups to Thornberry Animal Sanctuary in North Anston, where they are now being cared for.
Sarah Froggat, who helps out at the sanctuary, described whoever dumped the dogs as ‘cruel and uncaring’.
She said: “For puppies to be dumped is bad enough but at this time of year, when snow is falling, for them to be left in such a remote place is just unthinkable.
“Thankfully they were found by a man walking his dog. They are very lucky puppies indeed.
“He brought them in to us and after we warmed them up they appeared to be none the worse for wear.”
The puppies, which Sarah estimates to be around six weeks old, will now be cared for, immunised and microchipped.
Then, when they are old enough and strong enough, all five of the dogs will be made available for adoption.
Sarah said: “They are only babies but having said that you can see already that they are going to be incredibly good looking, chunky little dogs!
“Most of them are brindle but some are a caramel colour - and just as sweet.”
Thornberry Animal Sanctuary is always looking for prospective owners to adopt animals that have been abandoned into their care.
Anyone interested in adopting can visit the sanctuary at The Stables, Todwick Road, North Anston, or call 01909 564 399.