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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 January 2008, 16:01 GMT
Puppies are dumped in bottle bank
Gemma Beatty holds one of the puppies
Gemma Beatty said the puppies were cold and shivering when found
Five puppies have been rescued after being dumped in a bottle bank at a supermarket car park in Shropshire.

Two of the cross-breed Doberman puppies were rescued by supermarket staff while another three are believed to have been taken home and cared for by a customer.

They were discovered outside the Sainsbury's store on the Meole Brace Retail Park in Shrewsbury on Saturday.

The RSPCA is investigating how the animals came to be abandoned and left in the skip.

Taken home

Gemma Beatty, who works at Sainsbury's, said she had found two of the puppies after a customer came in and told her they were running about around the recycling bins.

"I brought them into the store and gave them some food and water. They were cold and shivery", she said.

"I took one home and the other went with a security guard." she added.

Duncan Thompson, duty manager at the store, said there was some mystery about the whereabouts of the other three pups.

He said he believed they had been taken home by a customer who had taken them out of the bottle bank.

He understood they were to be handed over to the RSPCA.

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