Two dogs rescued from the bottom of a Williams Lake dumpster Tuesday survived for days by feeding on a moose carcass, according to a spokesman for the BC SPCA.

The heeler-cross dogs had been in the garbage bin for several days in freezing temperatures, said Kent Kokoska, a protection officer for the BC SPCA.

The male dog had an untreated ear injury that became infected and required more than 24 stitches, while the female needed antibiotics for a stomach ailment, possibly caused by consuming the moose meat, he said.

Kokoska said it was unclear whether the dogs fell into the container or were dumped there by humans, but said dead dogs have been found in the same dumpster in the past.

“They were very cold and scared when I found them, but both dogs are doing extremely well now,” he said. “I’m not sure how much longer they would have lasted.”

The dogs were immediately given veterinary care and are currently living at the Williams Lake SPCA, where they will soon be put up for adoption, Kokoska said.