The RSPCA has launched an investigation after a litter of puppies were abandoned in West Yorkshire – they are now being cared for around the clock by the charity’s vets and experienced staff
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Eleven puppies have been rescued after being dumped in a garbage bag in a forest just hours after they were born.
The helpless puppies were found by passers-by walking through a wooded area near Heath Lane, Huddersfield, when they spotted a rubbish bag.
RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Sara Jordan said: “It’s so fortunate that passers-by stopped by to look into this bag as the puppies were only a few hours old and extremely vulnerable.
“They had been thrown into the woods in a bag and they all still had their umbilical cords on.
“The finders took them to a local vet who gave them a thorough examination and estimated they were only a few hours old.
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“Unfortunately one of the puppies was having trouble breathing and was very ill so they made the difficult decision to put her to sleep.
“The veterinary clinic called us asking for help as they didn’t have the facilities or expertise to hand raise the remaining 10 puppies.”
The RSPCA is now investigating who is responsible for the abandonment of the puppies.
Sara added: “I am really concerned that there is a female dog somewhere who has just given birth to these puppies and may need veterinary attention.
“I am also very interested in hearing from anyone who may know who is responsible for abandoning these puppies in such an irresponsible manner. They were so young and vulnerable that more of them could easily have died.
“Times are tough at the moment and we understand that many families are struggling to cope, particularly with the rising cost of living, and we fear many, many more pets will be given to charities or abandoned because their owners just don’t.” not do I don’t know where to turn.
“But abandoning such small puppies is so irresponsible and cruel. Please please never abandon your pet but ask for help before things get so desperate.”
RSPCA staff now provide 24-hour care for the puppies, who should be with their mothers until they are at least eight weeks old.
Sara adopted one of the puppies while the others were raised by experienced staff and experts including a veterinary assistant and staff from RSPCA Branch in Doncaster, Rotherham and District.
Sara said: “The puppies are hand reared and require very intensive care as they are totally dependent on us as they would be their mother.
“I’m taking care of a little girl named Tippy who needs to be fed every 90 minutes! I have to take them everywhere and keep a very close eye on them.
“Hand-rearing is incredibly difficult and unfortunately we lost four – some to infections and some to congenital problems – but fortunately the remaining six are doing really well now and getting stronger every day.”
The puppies stay with their foster parents until they are old enough to go in search of a new home. Staff aren’t yet sure what breed they are, but believe they could be German shepherds.
Anyone who has seen anything suspicious in the area at this time, or knows of a dog that has recently given birth but does not have a litter to foster, should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/eleven-puppies-umbilical-cords-still-27345200 Eleven puppies with umbilical cords still attached dumped in garbage bag in forest