Pitiful sight of newborn puppy dumped with litter-mates (Image: RSPCA)
Shocking images of the innocent puppies spread out dead on the ground have been released today to track down the heartless person who discarded them on an industrial estate. Whether the Staffie puppies were alive or already dead when they were thrown away like fly-tipped rubbish has not been established. The pitiful sight left workers arriving at the industrial premises "greatly upset," say the RSPCA.
Horrified workers alerted the animal welfare charity after the dead puppies were found at the Dabble Suck Industrial Park in Shildon, County Durham, last Friday. Making the scene even more macabre was the way whoever dumped the puppies had wrapped them with a towel emblazoned with the image of one of the most famous cartoon dogs – Snoopy.
RSPCA inspector Clare Wilson described the scene: “The business’ gates are locked overnight so either these puppies have been thrown over the surrounding wall and have spilled out of the bag and towel when they landed or they were dumped alive and crawled out.
“All three puppies are newborn, brown and white and possibly Staffies.
“It's unlikely three of the same litter died of natural causes at full-term so I suspect foul play or neglect. I want to find out where they came from so I can check on any remaining puppies and the mother dog.”
The gruesome scene that greeted workers with three dead puppies spread on ground (Image: RSPCA)
Investigators do not know if puppies were alive when dumped (Image: RSPCA)
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Snoopy towel left with puppies could be vital clue (Image: RSPCA)
Anyone who knows about any puppies that were born last Wednesday or Thursday and have subsequently gone missing or who recognises the Snoopy towel is urged to contact the RSPCA.
It is not known whether the puppies were alive when they were a dumped.
Inspector Wilson added: “No animal should be disposed of in this way. Finding them has greatly upset the workers.
“If they were dumped alive I dread to think of the suffering they would have endured as there is still snow and ice on the ground in this area. We are always a call away to help with any unexpected arrivals.”
Last year, the RSPCA rescued up to 850 pets a month, with more than 10,000 calls – one every 12 minutes – from worried members of the public about animal abandonments.
Anyone with information about this case should call the RSPCA’s confidential appeal line on 0300 123 8018.