12:15PM, Monday 29 December 2014
Seven frightened puppies heartlessly dumped by the side of a country road are now being looked after at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in Old Windsor.
The seven-week-old mongrels were found abandoned in a laundry bucket in Hardwick Lane, Chertsey.
A passerby handed in the dogs on Thursday, December 18.
The centre in Priest Hill suspects they were intended to be sold as Christmas presents, but with no buyers the breeders just ditched them in the December cold without food or drinking water.
Centre manager Kaye Mughal says it’s obvious that the scared and cold dogs were deliberately dumped.
She said: "Dumping animals without food or water near a road could have disastrous consequences, but thankfully a member of the public acted quickly, and they’re now recovering from their ordeal and are looking for new homes."
The puppies have been named Bauble, Santa, Elf, Tinsel, Garland, Holly and Rudolph.
A total of 14 puppies were rescued by the centre in the pre-Christmas period. These include another mongrel, a rottweiler, a labrador and four Staffordshire bull terriers.
Head of Operations at Battersea, Carly Whyborn says: “Many of these puppies are being brought to Battersea for the right reasons, but others are cruelly dumped over Christmas. We pick up the pieces when people buy pets as presents.”
Also at Battersea is Biscuit, a two-year-old mongrel who has been under the charity’s care for two years. In Biscuit’s time at the centre more than 4,900 other dogs have been snapped up but he has always been left behind.
The centre has recieved enquiries about Biscuit since an appeal was launched to home him, but the charity is keen to make sure he finds a family which is the perfect fit for the former stray.
Carly added: “For those who can be truly committed to a puppy and give it the time and training required, we have plenty of fun-loving pups who will make fantastic additions to good homes. They may not have had the best start in life, but Battersea will make sure 2015 sees a change in their fortunes.”
If interested in re-homing any dog or cat from Battersea Old Windsor, email email@example.com or call 01784 494443
A note on Battersea's website says it has been 'inundated' with enquiries about the puppies.
The centre has encouraged people to look at the other dogs in its care.
Click here to see them.
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