Abandoned pups survive – against all odds
Published on: Saturday, September 11, 2021
By: Dr Roslee bin Haji Abbas
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Helping Animals Rescue Team (Heart)

ABSOLUTELY disgraceful. Dumping animals is disgusting in itself, but newborn puppies? Take mama dog away, and their outlook becomes bleak. We don’t know what happened to their birth mom or what compelled someone to abandon them.

It is heartbreaking, heartless, and absolutely a crime. It is disturbing how anyone could be so callous, to put five vulnerable newborn puppies in a box leaving them in a bush to an inevitable death. The weather was cold after the heavy downpour and that the newborn pups wouldn’t have survived long.

On Thursday September 10, five puppies were found in a box in Kampung Contoh, Putatan. These poor newborn puppies were dumped at 5.45pm in a bush. They were left to fend for themselves without their mother. They were hungry and helpless puppies. There was no sign of the mother. The crime was witnessed by Firdaus at his Kg Contoh residence.

However, the vehicle sped off before he was able to get a license plate. The vehicle was described as a black Hilux with dark tinted windows. This is not the way to do it. The puppies have right to live. Because newborn puppies can’t fend for themselves and especially don’t leave them in a predicament situation.

Leaving such newborn puppies exposed like this without the mum they so desperately need risked their lives. The acts of kindness saved the puppies’ lives. The good Samaritan played a major role in saving these puppies’ lives. His actions were humane and heroic.

It turned out to be one of the most heartbreaking cases of animal cruelty we have dealt with: there were five puppies dumped in a bush and simply left there to die. It was cold after the heavy downpour and their bodies were so cold that it was a miracle their little hearts were still beating.

The puppies were just a few days old, and they may have only survived another day if they hadn’t been rescued. The puppies were dehydrated and malnourished and we believed they were just a few days old.

They were tiny and had not opened their eyes and needed help feeding. We are very worried about the mother dog as she will no doubt be really missing her pups, and could be suffering from mastitis after recently having so many puppies. This is also a timely reminder to make sure your cat or dog is desexed to prevent unwanted litters.

HEART came to the rescue of newborn puppies. We estimated the puppies were no older than seven days and gave them a 50% chance of survival without their mother.

Luckily, we have a dedicated foster carer ready to take over when Mom isn’t available and give orphan newborns a second chance at life but it wouldn’t be an easy task but with the care of devoted foster parent/carer, the puppies would persevere and beat the odds. These little ones needed round-the-clock care.

The foster carer woke up every two hours to feed the puppies with milk bottle. This kind, patient foster carer is the only mother the puppies have ever known. A special-shout out to our veteran foster carer and those puppies are in good hands!

We’ll now take good care of them and, once the puppies are old enough, we’ll find them all lovely new homes.

We can only hope those responsible are caught and are dealt within the legal system. It is cruel and illegal to dislodge newborn puppies from their mother and original area.

We currently have a criminal investigation on who dumped these poor puppies. If caught, this person(s) will face criminal charges of Animal Cruelty by abandonment. If you leave an animal without food, water, shelter or a way to care for itself, then you are subject to those abandonment laws.

Dumping an animal is never the right thing to do it’s against the law and the animals as always the ones that suffer. In the state of Sabah, cruelty to an animal is an offence, the fine is no less than RM100,000 or imprisoned for 3 years or both under the Sabah Animal Welfare Enactment 2015.

Anybody having information is urged to call the Heart team and leave information. You can remain anonymous.

No more money! Heart is currently facing serious crisis of food out of supply for our homeless animals! We are under very serious economic crisis during this Emco (coronavirus lockdown) period! Donation dropped drastically. Everything we provide for the homeless animals is coming from our own pocket or with the help of donations from our followers.

We receive no government funding and rely on the support and kindness from our community, private donations and charity bazaar to complete our mission.

Heart does not euthanise animals to make space to house others. We are a no-kill animal welfare group and work to preserve life whenever possible.

We rely on donations from people like you who are willing to spend their hard-earned money to help animals in dire needs.

If you would like to help to pay for the puppies’ expenses please send your money to:


Account no.

70 3762569 4



And every ringgit helps! Thank you in advance for your generous, big and small (and no donation is too small)!

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