Litter of puppies pulled from storm drain by WA police officer
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Litter of puppies pulled from storm drain by WA police officer

A litter of puppies abandoned in a storm drain after their mum died have been rescued by regional WA police officers.

Officers believe a young homeless dog gave birth to the litter on Monday inside a Meekatharra storm drain.

However at some point on Wednesday, she ventured outside of the drain and was critically injured. She later died.

Officers were alerted to the puppies after they found the dead mother, and located the litter about 10 metres into the storm drain structure.

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Police were concerned the puppies would die from starvation or dehydration if they weren’t saved, and sent an officer into the drain to rescue them.

The puppies on their way to their new Newman home.

The puppies on their way to their new Newman home.Credit:WA Police

He climbed through the 60cm wide, 40cm high drain to reach the puppies before being pulled back by a strap tied around his ankle.

The six puppies have been handed over to Senior Constable Rich Hall, who works with rescue group Saving Animals From Euthanasia.

He is helping care for them at SAFE’s regional base in Newman, where the puppies require bottle feeding every four hours.