On Thursday 7 February, staff at the West Mount Vets veterinary practice in Halifax were left speechless when a man wearing a hoodie and a tracksuit carried in a box in the reception area, put it down, and promptly left. They opened the box to find two completely bald puppies inside.
RSPCA inspector Sarah Bagley, who is investigating, said, “One is blue-coloured and the other is cream-coloured. They are both female and thought to be around four months old. Neither of them had any hair on their body, which is a result of them having a severe case of the skin condition demodectic mange.”
The puppies, named Dobby and Winky after two house elves from the Harry Potter series, were taken to RSPCA Leeds, Wakefield & District Branch Animal Centre. They are now receiving care, medication, and medicated baths for their condition.
Gena Cameron, branch administrator, said, “I’m so happy to say that they’re improving every day. They were really nervous when they arrived and shaking. Now they are running around the animal centre arena having loads of fun, playing with toys and barking at people. They’ve really come out of their shells.
“Their skin was so red and angry-looking when they first got here but their fur has already started growing back at the base of their tails. It’ll be some time until we’re able to rehome them but things are definitely going in the right direction.”
To the astonishment of everyone, a third puppy was brought in the same veterinary practice in a box the following week, Valentine’s Day, by what appeared to be the same man. He spoke to the receptionist who took some details for him, but left leaving behind the puppy when she went to fetch a nurse.
The blue-coloured male, since named Albus, was taken to the same RSPCA centre as the other puppies.
Inspector Bagley said, “It’s unbelievable that someone has dumped these puppies in this way not once but twice. Staff checked out the details given by the man, which included a telephone number which is unobtainable.
“It’s taken a long time for the mange to take hold like this, in fact it’s thought these puppies have probably had it for most of their lives. I am very concerned about any other animals this person may have in their care.
“If anyone has any information please call me on the inspector appeal line 0300 123 8018.”
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