Adorable 5-week-old puppy with twisted legs 'thrown away like rubbish' – 'It's shocking!'

A TINY puppy with badly bowed legs was found cruelly dumped "like rubbish" in a cardboard box as she was left to battle on her own without her mother.

Adorable Labrador cross Twine dumped in box

Adorale Labrador cross Twine was dumped because she had twisted legs (Image: RSPCA)

The adorable puppy was left helpless at a bus stop in her hour of need - most probably because her owner did not want to pay to have her legs treated. Nicknamed Twine by rescuers because she had a piece of bailer string tied round her neck, the young jet black puppy was only five weeks old, an age when she should never have been separated from her mother. Orthopaedic specialists are treating Twine’s deformed legs with the hope that she makes a full recovery like another cardboard box dumping victim called Hockney who has just been put up for adoption.

A sharp-eyed member of the public saved Twine after finding her recently inside the box left near a bus-stop on Bath Road, Hungerford, Berkshire, and rushing the puppy straight to the vets.

RSPCA Inspector Sharon Chrisp, who is investigating the callous abandonment, said: “This poor pup had simply been thrown away like rubbish, left alone and unwanted at the roadside.

"It’s shocking that someone has just cruelly dumped such a young dog in her moment of need.

“She is approximately five weeks old and certainly shouldn’t be away from her mother. Thankfully she was found before it was too late as she’d never be able to survive for long on her own.”

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Twine the puppy with her twisted legs

Twine the puppy is now getting expert care for her twisted legs (Image: RSPCA)

Images released by the RSPCA show how Twine’s front paw are twisted but she is receiving expert help.

Inspector Chrisp continued: “Twine has deformed front feet that turn inwards and is now getting the care she needs from an orthopaedic specialist at an RSPCA animal rescue centre.

“Someone must recognise this puppy, or have some information about her and how she came to be so cruelty dumped without a care for her welfare.”

As the RSPCA today appealed for anyone who knows anything about Twine to contact its confidential hotline – 0300 123 8018 – another cardboard box puppy has been making a remarkable recovery.

Twine the puppy being comforted

Twine the puppy was only five weeks old when she was dumped (Image: RSPCA)

Hockney the tiny terrier was only five weeks old and weighed less than a bag of sugar when he was cruelly abandoned with no food, water or blanket to keep warm in a field near Castleford, West Yorkshire.

Miraculously, he was found shivering and frightened as well suffering from an onslaught of puppy illnesses when he was rescued with moments to spare.

Dogs Trust has released a series of images to show how Hockney, named in honour of Britain’s greatest living artist, is as pretty as a picture after being gently nursed back to health.

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Amanda Sands, manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, said: “Hockney is doing really well and, of course, we have all fallen for him.

Hockney the terrier cross after rescue

Hockney the puppy was dumped in box without food, water or a blanket to keep warm (Image: Dogs Trust)

"We were so shocked when we first saw him as he was in a terrible state. He was so cold the vet said he wouldn’t have survived much longer.

"Just a few weeks later, he is a typical puppy – full of life and lots of fun, which is wonderful.

“At first he didn’t want to eat, but now loves his food and he has almost doubled in weight.

"His fur is finally growing back, and he loves having a cuddle now that his skin is less sensitive.

Hockney with fur loss

Hockney was suffering from a skin condition which left him losing fur (Image: Dogs Trust)

Hockney recovered and looking for a new home

Hockney has recovered well and is now looking for a new home (Image: Dogs Trust)

Hockney was named by the Dogs Trust team after David Hockney because he was rescued the same week that the famous Yorkshire artist was rescued from a jammed lift in Amsterdam.

He is now looking for a forever home with children no younger than twelve. He can live with another dog.

If you think you could provide Hockney with his ideal home, please call Dogs Trust Leeds on 0113 5324335.

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