The RSPCA is appealing for information after two tiny Jack Russell puppies were abandoned in Hempsted Meadows, Gloucestershire, on Sunday 11 December.
Given the special time of year, the puppies have been named Mary and Joseph. They were found in a grey washing-up bucket in a field after a car boot sale, long after the sellers and punters had left.
RSPCA inspector Emily Cheeseman said, “Luckily there were found before it was too late. When they were discovered they were so cold and hungry, we initially feared they wouldn’t survive.
“We estimate the puppies to be around five weeks old, and thankfully they are now being cared for at a boarding kennel and are making a good recovery.
“We really hope the person responsible for abandoning them is at least taking good care of the mother dog, as she will no doubt be really missing her pups."
Anyone with any information about these puppies should call us on 0300 123 8018.