A family from Aylesbury, in Buckinghamshire, was shocked when a neighbour knocked on their door, telling them that six pups had been dumped on their land last August.
The family, who wish to keep their surname private, immediately rushed to the puppies, who were huddled together in a field just off the road. They called the RSPCA, and took the pups to a nearby vet. That may have been the end of their involvement, if not for the fact daughters Becky, 20, and Charlotte, 24, had already fallen in love with two tiny poodle crosses.
Inspector Lauren Bailey, who launched an investigation, said, “They were amazing and rushed down with a dog crate and water to round the dogs up and make sure they were safe. They took them home and warmed them up as they were all shivering and soaking wet. They were all underweight and had skin problems with fur matted with sawdust.
“They were all different breeds – a beagle, a Yorkie, a lhasa apso, a puggle and the two poodle crosses – so we suspect they’d come from a puppy farm. I believe they were rejects because they were all either runts or had something wrong with them.
“My guess would be that when they didn’t sell, the dealer decided to dump them as they held no financial value.”
Despite a RSPCA investigation, those responsible for dumping the pups were never identified. After a time in foster care, the pups were ready for adoption – and the family immediately snapped up two of them, poodle crosses Bertie and Nancy.
Becky said, “As soon as we found them that summer day we bonded straight away, and I fell in love with them. I knew from then that they weren’t going anywhere else! They are doing so well now. They’re so affectionate, I love them to bits.
“When we went out to help them that day we never intended on bringing any home! We already had seven dogs in the family – but now we have nine and we wouldn’t have it any other way. We can’t imagine life without them.”
These story features on the new series of The Dog Rescuers on Channel 5, as the team revisit the family, to see how the dogs are getting on almost a year on – don’t miss it.
Images by RSPCA.