Tasmanian animal sanctuary fights to reunite young puppies with their mother

The search for a litter of puppies sold without their owner’s permission continues.

The three-and-half-week-old ridgeback-staffy cross dogs were left with the owner’s friend who then sold six of them online for $50 each.

The nine puppies and their mum were due to be collected by Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Tasmania’s Huon Valley on Sunday.

The shelter’s founder Emma Haswell arrived to collect the dogs and realised some of them were gone.

Ms Haswell pleaded for help from the public on Monday night, offering a cash reward for the dogs’ safe return.

“The puppies are not old enough to eat solid food and need their mother’s milk,” she said.

On Tuesday morning, Ms Haswell said the first puppy had been returned by Hobart man Kevin Scott who was “horrified” when he learned the truth.

“He was just a really lovely guy and he is going to adopt her when she is weaned and vet checked,” Ms Haswell said.

She said when the puppy was reunited with her mother it was “pretty amazing” to watch.

“The puppy curled up against its mother’s tummy all day,” she said.

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As of Tuesday afternoon two had been reunited with their mother, two were located but not returned and two were still missing.

“I am begging people to return the puppies to their mother. They are just too young and people are more than welcome to adopt them once they are ready,” Ms Haswell said.

Anyone with information about the puppies can contact Brightside Farm Sanctuary on Facebook.