An investigation has been launched by the Scottish SPCA into the death of four puppies that died shortly after being dumped outside Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home in a cardboard box.
A fifth dog survived and is being cared for by staff at the centre where the animals were discovered on Sunday.
Four severely injured puppies were discovered in a cardboard box in a lane next to the EDCH on Seafield Road East in the north of the city at 1pm with another found alive nearby, the Scottish SPCA said.
He has been named Soldier because he was found on Remembrance Sunday.
It is believed that all five were from the same litter of terrier-type crossbreeds and aged around five to six weeks.
Scottish SPCA inspector Emma Phillips said: “Soldier was the only puppy to have escaped serious injury and he appears to be doing well despite the horrific circumstances he and his littermates were found in.
“The puppies were clearly in urgent need of medical attention and should have been taken straight to a vet rather than being dumped outside in a box.”