A puppy that was left out in freezing cold conditions by a heartless owner on Wednesday has sadly died.

The 10-day-old puppy had been found in a Styrofoam esky on the front lawn on a vacant property in western Sydney on Wednesday morning, with the RSPCA taking a heartbreaking photo to show the tiny animal lying freezing in a dirty esky.

The puppy was reportedly dumped as part of a council clean-up in Carpenter St in Penrith.

The puppy was found lying limp in a discarded esky on a vacant property in western Sydney on Wednesday but has since died

‘Neonatal puppies are unable to thermoregulate, and exposure to these harsh weather conditions would have severely impacted the puppy’s welfare,’ RSPCA NSW said.

It was around 8C in Penrith on Wednesday morning, with a 1C windchill.

NSW Police is looking into the incident, helped by RSPCA inspectors.

RSPCA NSW Inspectors issued an urgent appeal to locate the two members of the public who discovered the puppy between 8.20am and 8.50am on Wednesday morning.

One person was described as being a tall, caucasian man of a strong build, approximately 70-80 years of age and wearing a jacket and hat.

The second was a tanned man of a regular build, who was accompanied by a yellow labrador with a harness and coat.

RSPCA NSW urged anyone who had details about the two men to contact them.

The RSPCA also hopes other items found in the esky may lead to clues about who owned the puppy.

Inside the esky was a red ‘Puma’ branded t-shirt, a green children’s singlet with a pineapple print, and a padded item that appeared to be part of a baby’s car seat.

The puppy was transported to RSPCA Yagoona for emergency veterinary treatment.

The puppy was transported to RSPCA Yagoona for emergency veterinary treatment (pictured, item found inside the esky)

Also found inside the esky was a red ‘Puma’ branded t-shirt (pictured), green children’s singlet with a pineapple print, and a padded item that appears to be part of a baby’s car seat.


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