The RSPCA is appealing for information after three sick puppies were dumped on a doorstep in Leicester.
A woman told the RSPCA how she heard a yelping noise outside the front of her home – and when she went to investigate she found three puppies had been left on her doorstep.
Geraldine Astill went to open her front door and found one puppy laid on her front step looking gravely ill and two more sat next to her wheelie bin. She took the mixed breed puppies inside, wrapped the sick puppy in a blanket and called the RSPCA.
The incident happened on Sunday evening (Oct 7) at around 7:15pm on Sanvey Lane in Leicester. Sadly, one of the puppies died but the other two are now being cared for by the RSPCA.
Mrs Astill, said: “I was in the house at the time, my husband had just gone out and I could hear some kind of whimpering and wasn’t sure where it was coming from. I had a look around and realised it was coming from the front of the house, so I opened the door and found one puppy really sick on the doorstep, at that point I wasn’t sure if it was dead as it was so still and not breathing well.
“Then I heard the whining continue and found two more puppies sat down near my bin. IT was quite a shock. The poor things were very thin, and I took them inside and gave them some food while comforting the particularly poorly puppy.”
RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO) Sharon Knight took the three female puppies for emergency veterinary treatment. Sadly, the one which was gravely ill died in the night.
The two other puppies were found to be emaciated, full of fleas and had severe diarrhoea but have been transferred to the RSPCA’s Woodside Animal Centre in Leicester where they are now recovering.
The puppies have been named Kate and Naomi, after supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
ACO Sharon Knight, said: “They were all very thin, but their stomachs were like melons because they were riddled with worms. They also have severe diarrhoea and were full of fleas, it was clear they needed medical attention and it is disgusting that someone could simply dump them when they so clearly needed help – they are such lovely little characters.
“Unfortunately, abandoned animals is something the RSPCA sees all too often and , sadly, a lot of the time we’re called to help young puppies or kittens who have been dumped. This is why we urge all pet owners to get their dogs and cats neutered.
“Unfortunately, it’s the charities and rescue centres that have to pick up the pieces when owners find themselves with unwanted litters.”
The RSPCA will be checking local CCTV in the area in an attempt to trace who dumped the puppies and he is appealing for any witnesses to contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.