The RSPCA is appealing for information after three Cockapoo puppies – two females and one male – were found in Wetherby in a ‘terrible state’.

The pups, now named Olive, Emmy and Gus, were found by a member of the public on a bridle track off Deerstone Ridge on the morning of Sunday, 6 May. He was able to take them to his garden until the RSPCA turned up.

RSPCA inspector Kris Walker said, “As well as being very scared, these poor puppies were in a terrible physical state. All of them are thin and have extensive hair loss and scabby, reddened and sore skin and tests have now revealed they have sarcoptic mange.

“It seems very likely that they were dumped and that this was the reason why.”

The puppies are thought to be aged around eight-weeks-old, the age pups usually leave their breeder – and their mum. Their condition is likely what kept them from being sold, and led to them being so callously abandoned.

“They were taken straight to a vets in Leeds where they were looked after for three days, and have now been transferred to RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham & District branch animal centre where they’ll be given all the TLC they need,” said Inspector Walker. “They are feeling a whole lot better but have a long road ahead of them, I’m afraid.

“Sarcoptic mange is a very contagious condition that causes a great deal of suffering to the dogs who get it and I am extremely concerned that the puppies’ mum could also have it, and any other dogs at the location too.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call the inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Walker.

Update 16/05/18

The RSPCA has yet to receive information as to where these puppies came from, but Inspector Walker has confirmed that they are getting better.

“It’s an absolute joy to see them already looking so much better, running around and playing with each other, and generally behaving like puppies should.

“There is a long way to go before they will be ready for adoption, but the animal centre has already taken a number of calls from people interested in giving them a forever home so the future is definitely looking bright for them.”

Images by RSPCA

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