RSPCA appeals for information after newborn puppies dumped in Sheffield woods

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one of the puppies

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a litter of five newborn puppies – possibly French-bulldog types – were found by a passerby walking through Beeley Woods, near Middlewood, on Tuesday 13 September.

RSPCA deputy chief inspector Sara Jordan, who is now investigating to find the person responsible, said, “The two male and three female puppies were only hours old with their umbilical cords still attached and were extremely vulnerable.

“The finders rushed them to a local vet who checked them over and estimated that they were just a few hours old. They were also very cold so it appears they had already been in the woods for a short time before they were found.

“Staff at the vet warmed them up slowly before they were taken into the care of the RSPCA Sheffield branch.”

Each of the puppies were given to one of five volunteers, who are now hand-rearing them round-the-clock.

She added, “I am keen to hear from anyone who may know who is responsible for abandoning these puppies in such an irresponsible way. They were so young and vulnerable and if left much longer they could have easily died.”

“Times are tough at the moment and we understand that many families are struggling to cope, particularly given the rising cost of living. We fear that we’ll see many, many more pets being relinquished to charities or abandoned because their owners simply don’t know where to turn.

“But abandoning tiny puppies like this is so irresponsible and cruel. Please, please never abandon your pet but ask for help before things get so desperate.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area at the time or who knows a dog who recently gave birth but doesn’t have a litter to nurse should contact the RSPCA’s appeal line, confidentially, on 0300 123 8018.

Images by the RSPCA

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