A good Samaritan was walking in Essex one afternoon when he saw an abandoned barrel by the roadside and was completely shocked by the people he saw inside.
20 fluffy puppies huddled together in their kennels, waiting for someone to notice them. Kind passersby know they must help and act quickly. They contacted the RSPCA in the hope they could help, and the rescue team immediately dispatched two inspectors to collect the puppies and get them to the vet as quickly as possible.
“When I was told how many puppies there were, I really thought there had been confusion,” said Sian Ridley, an inspector with the RSPCA. I can’t believe someone abandoned 20 puppies. They were all quite scared and timid when we arrived and it was heartbreaking to see them all locked in a cage. They looked so pitiful.”
When examining the puppies, veterinarians discovered that they could have come from several different litters. No one is sure exactly what kind of dog they are, but they think they are some kind of dog mix. The puppies were all quite small, weighing less than a bag of sugar, and veterinarians worried they might get sick. Fortunately, however, most of them are actually healthy despite being neglected.
Ridley said: “I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the passersby who stayed to help these puppies and also the vets who were able to take care of the puppies in such a short time.” It’s hard to tell where these puppies come from…
Because there were so many puppies, the rescuers decided to name them in alphabetical order: Albert, Boris, Casper, Dylon, Elenor, Freddie, Guinever, Hank, Irene, Jeremiah, Kaleb, Luna, Morris , Nevel, Oliver, Peter, Quinton, Rupert and Saffron. The puppies are between 6 and 8 weeks old and are currently growing up and learning how to be playful puppies.
Many of the puppies have been housed by members of the vet team, who have been caring for them since they were rescued. They are all currently in foster homes and will move into their permanent homes once they are ready.
Fortunately, they were found and will now go on to have a wonderful life with wonderful families. Please never abandon your pet but ask for help before things get desperate.