Original article from Kent Live
A heavily pregnant Jack Russell died after being dumped on a driveway in Ashford.
The abandoned animal – left taped up in a box – was rushed to a vets for urgent care.
But despite attempts to save her and her unborn puppies, they proved too weak to survive.
The RSPCA is investigating after the dog was found on a driveway in Pluckley Road.
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She was discovered by residents on Tuesday morning (May 11) who called the RSPCA.
They took the dog inside, made her comfortable and arranged for her to go to a local vet for urgent care.
Inspector Clive Hopwood is now investigating.
He said: “This poor tan and white terrier was very pitiful and we were incredibly concerned about her welfare and that of her unborn puppies.
“She was found inside a brown International Packaging cardboard box, taped up with brown packing tape and with air holes punctured in the top.
“I rushed her to a local vet and they monitored her closely.
"She started giving birth to the puppies but was struggling so they decided to try a Caesarean but, sadly, both puppies were dead and she didn’t come around from the anaesthetic.
"She was just so weak.
"It’s absolutely heartbreaking.”
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Clive is now looking into where she came from and who is responsible for allowing her to get into such a state and abandoning her in her condition.
He added: “To leave this vulnerable bitch just hours away from giving birth in a box on a stranger’s driveway is just shocking.
"Had she had had earlier veterinary intervention she may well have pulled through and her puppies may well have survived.
“I’d like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area of Pluckley Road on Tuesday morning or who recognises this little dog. Please call us on 0300 123 8018.”