Puppies who ‘failed to sell’ abandoned in waste bin at country park

puppies abandoned in a bin

Three young puppies, believed to be eight-week-old cockapoos, were found abandoned inside a domestic food waste bin and abandoned in a Kent country park after presumably ‘failing to sell’.

The puppies were wearing different coloured cat collars, likely put on them by their breeder to tell them apart. While they were microchipped, none of the chips was registered to a database

Inspector Rosie Russon, who is now leading an investigation, said, “A shocked member of the public found the three puppies at 10.30am on Monday morning (14 November) shut inside a small plastic domestic food waste bin which had been dumped at Leybourne Lakes Country Park.

“They rushed them to our team at RSPCA Leybourne Animal Centre but, sadly, one – a female – had already died. The two surviving pups – one male and one female – were riddled with worms and their prognosis is guarded but we’re giving them the best chance we can and we really hope they pull through.”

If you have any information, contact the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018

Rosie added, “We don’t know where these puppies have come from but we suspect they’ve been abandoned by a breeder after failing to sell; or because they suspected poor health and couldn’t afford the veterinary care they’d need.

“We don’t know when these little pups were abandoned so we’re keen to hear from anyone who may recognise them, know anyone who has bred a litter of cockapoo puppies locally recently, or saw anything suspicious in the area to contact our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

At the moment, the charity’s rescue centres are full with animals who have been abandoned, neglected, abused, or signed over as by owners who can no longer take care of them. The issue of puppies being bred in the run-up to Christmas to be sold as gifts is nothing new – but the current cost of living crisis does raise concerns that more people than usual may turn to backyard breeding as a way to supplement their income, with disastrous consequences for animal welfare


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