A stray dog was found pulling a cage containing her puppies in an apparent bid to get them to safety.
The black pit bull-type dog stood placidly and watched as her cruel former owner dumped her babies into the crate, then tied it shut, before tying her to it.
She and her pups were abandoned on a dirt road in McIntosh, Georgia.
Some time later, a Good Samaritan saw the dog trying to pull the cage with her puppies to safety, and took pity on her.
That person rescued the dog and her pups, before bringing them to the McIntosh County Animal Services Shelter.
A spokesman for the shelter said: ‘We know there is evil in this world and this just further proves that!
‘This poor mama dog watched as someone put her four young puppies into a wire crate and then tied a blue belt around her collar and then tied the belt to this crate and left them down a dirt road!!!
Luckily for them a man and his son just so happened to be driving by said road and saw the mama dog dragging the crate with her babies inside down this road.
‘Thank you to the kind souls who brought them into MCAS.
‘Everyone has since been fed, watered (they were very thirsty) ,vaccinated, de-wormed, bathed and de-flead.’
The shelter later confirmed that the mother dog and her pups were being transferred to an upmarket rescue in Virginia, and will be flown there in the coming days.