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Dumped puppy 'improving'

Authorities say they are no closer to finding those responsible for the act of cruelty on this three-month-old bitzer.
Authorities say they are no closer to finding those responsible for the act of cruelty on this three-month-old bitzer. RSPCA

A PUPPY found at the Woodenbong rubbish tip after it was bashed and dumped is slowly showing signs of improvement.

But authorities say they are no closer to finding those responsible for the act of animal cruelty.

In December, a three-month-old bitzer was found in the Woodenbong tip when a garbage truck emptied its contents after a run through towns west of the range.

The pup barely survived and suffered brain damage, which has affected the animal's hearing and vision.

Shortly following the horrific crime, Australians for Animals Northern Rivers convenor Sue Arnold said her organisation had received a tip-off that the person responsible for the act of animal cruelty lived in Bonalbo and was dangerous.

However, RSPCA regional inspector Alistair Hills said they had run into a number of dead ends.

"Unfortunately we have not had any useful leads," he said.

"We have tracked down a few leads but only ran into dead ends. We have not identified an offender."

Mr Hills said the pup was in the private care of a RSPCA member.

"She is showing signs of improvement," he said.

"She has advanced deafness but they believe she has shown some improvement since they have had her in the past three weeks.

"She will just continue with re- habilitation. In an injury of this nature, she has to keep going back to the vet for assessment and hopefully she will continue to progress.

"It is remarkable that she survived at all."

The pup cannot be moved into the care of a member of the public until the vet gives her the all-clear.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the RSPCA on 1300 278 3589.

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