Four pups abandoned in a closed box in Victoria Park on 6 January could have easily died in the cold if they hadn’t been found by a member of the public, who heard their cries and opened the box. After being taken into Battersea Dogs and Cats Home the puppies, all seven-week-old Staffies, were found to be in good health despite their ordeal.

To commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the women’s vote, the staff decided to name the puppies after famous suffragettes. The three girls were named Emmeline, Lydia and Edith, after after Emmeline Pankhurst, Lydia Becker and Edith Garrud. The lone boy proved a bit more of a challenge, but was eventually named Davison, after Emily Davison.

Battersea’s Intake Manager Steve Craddock said, “These puppies had a lucky escape. The whole experience must have been very frightening for them. It was a cold day and they could have easily got hypothermia, suffocated or died of dehydration.

“Fortunately, they were found in time and – after a drink, a sleep and some TLC – made a full recovery, and now they’re charging about enjoying life with playful puppy enthusiasm.”

Unsurprisingly, all puppies were promptly snatched up by new owners and will soon be off to their forever homes. For now, they’re looked after by Battersea’s foster carers. The four puppies all have homes lined up, but are being looked after by Battersea’s foster carers until they’re old enough to go to their new owners.

Foster carer Kim Tyson, who is looking after Emmeline and Davison, said, “They were a bit quiet when they first arrived, but within a few hours they found their feet and now they run the house. I’ve got two Dalmatians and they certainly rule over them. They love human company and cry when we’re not around, and they like to sleep cuddled up together.

“They’re very sweet little dogs and I can’t understand how anyone could have abandoned them like that. I hate to think what would have happened if they hadn’t been found when they were.”

Images by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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