Someone left six puppies in a crate along a road in South East England and now the the RSPCA is looking for who is responsible for abandoning the helpless animals.
The spaniel and terrier puppies were found Jan. 4 in Kent not far from Broadoak and Farleigh roads, but the Canterbury & District Branch only made its public appeal for information Monday.
“Thankfully, they seem very bright, fairly healthy, and full of beans, and are getting lots of TLC before they’re added to Find a Pet for rehoming,” the RSPCA said on social media.
A member of the public found them and turned them in for help. A shelter is now caring for the four red and white cocker spaniels, and two black and white terrier crossbreeds, which are pegged to be about four-months-old.
The RSPCA said it now needs tips about the “six puppies dumped like rubbish.”
Inspector Clive Hopwood said it’s possible the pups were abandoned by a breeder after failing to sell.
“We’ve seen a massive surge in dog ownership during lockdown and many people have seen this as an easy opportunity to make some money by breeding and selling puppies. We believe these puppies may have failed to sell so they were abandoned having passed their ‘cute’ stage when they’re most marketable and most valuable,” he said in a statement.
What’s more, officials worry the situation might not be isolated.
“Sadly, we’re expecting to see more dogs being abandoned over the coming months as the demand starts to slow and as those who took dogs on during lockdown are faced with financial, working and family pressures or struggle to cope with under-socialised dogs who cannot be left home alone,” Clive added.
Anyone with information about this case should call 0300 123 8018.
The puppies aren’t ready for adoption quite yet.