Desperate plea issued after 20 puppies dumped in crate in layby
A staggering 20 puppies have been rescued by the RSPCA after being dumped inside a metal crate and abandoned on a layby.
The helpless puppies were found by a member of the public who was walking in the Blackmore area of Essex on Friday at around 3pm.
Inspector Sian Ridley and Animal Rescue Officer Enola Evans collected the pups and took them straight to a local vet for treatment.
One of the puppies was very weak and was being kept warm by a member of the public when the officers arrived.
The female pup was handed to Enola who kept her warm and safe on the journey to the vets – but sadly the puppy was too weak and vets made the difficult decision to put her to sleep to prevent her suffering further.
The surviving pups were all small and each weighed less than a bag of sugar – there were 14 males and five females.
There were 14 males puppies and five females
It is believed they are from two or possibly more separate litters.
Staff aren’t yet sure what breed they are but it is thought that the slightly larger pups are possibly cockapoo or poodle crosses and the smaller ones are thought to be jackapoos.
There was a concern they may have contracted parvovirus
– but early indications are that they are all clear. The pups were all in reasonable health and have been given fluids with glucose over the weekend.
Sian said: “When I was told how many puppies there were I actually thought there was a mistake – I couldn’t believe that someone had abandoned 20 puppies
“They were all quite scared and timid when we arrived and it was just heartbreaking to see them all huddled in the one cage – they looked a pitiful sight.
“I want to say a huge thank you to all the passersby who stayed to help these pups and also to the vets who were able to take on the care of pups over a weekend at such short notice.
“It is difficult to know where these have come from. It could have been a I suspect that these may be a puppy farm but they were friendly, clean and did not have fleas so they may not have been kept in a shed without human contact.
“It is also unusual that such a large number of the pups are male and I wonder if that was the reason they had been abandoned, because they wouldn’t be useful for breeding or are harder to sell on.
“We were concerned they may have had parvo and that this was the reason they had been abandoned but that’s not the case and apart from some having worms they all appear to be quite healthy.
“I’m keen to hear from anyone who may know who is responsible for abandoning these puppies in such an irresponsible way.
“They were so young and vulnerable, it is likely that someone just drove up in the layby, got them out of the car and then just left them – so I am keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a suspicious vehicle in the area on Friday.
“Times are tough at the moment, but abandoning tiny puppies like this is so irresponsible and cruel. Please, please never abandon your pet but ask for help before things get so desperate.”
The pups are believed to be aged between six and eight weeks have been named alphabetically and are called: Albert, Boris, Casper, Dylon, Elenor, Freddie, Guinever, Hank, Irene, Jeremiah, Kaleb Luna, Morris, Nevel, Oliver, Peter Quinton, Rupert, Saffron.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area or has any information that could assist the RSPCA’s investigation should contact the charity’s appeal line, confidentially, on 0300 123 8018.
Many of the pups have already been offered homes by the dedicated staff at the vets who are caring for them and all are currently in foster care.
Please do not call any centres at the moment regarding rehoming as the pups will still need some additional care and you could stop an emergency call from getting through.