POLICE in Spain have rescued a litter of puppies who had been buried alive.

Agents of the Nature Protection Service had been tipped off about the cruel treatment of six newborn German shepherds.

Officers arrived at the site near Teruel in Aragon just in time to unearth the puppies, who were still breathing.

The soil-covered pups were reunited with their mother, who had been showing ‘great agitation and nervousness,’ according to police.

Guardia Civil have launched a whistleblowing campaign to encourage the public to report the maltreatment of animals.

An investigation has been launched into two people on suspicion of animal cruelty.

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