RSPCA caring for lurcher puppies found abandoned in a bag near a river

The RSPCA is caring for four 12-week-old lurcher puppies which were handed into a vet surgery in Leatherhead after they had been found dumped in a plastic bag by a nearby river.

The charity is now appealing for information to find out how these puppies came to be abandoned.

The member of the public who found them discovered them in a bag by the River Mole in Leatherhead on Thursday (3 June) sometime before 1pm.

The puppies, two girls and two boys, are now being cared for by RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre in Surrey where they will receive lots of TLC and treatment for their sarcoptic mange.

Animal Rescue Officer (ARO) Chloe Wilson said: “We believe these poor pups were abandoned in a bag by the river. They are suffering from mange which means they are very itchy and have quite severe fur loss. These dogs needed urgent veterinary attention but it would appear as though they have callously been abandoned instead. If anyone has any information about how these puppies came to be abandoned, or if anyone recognises them, please contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

he puppies have been named Norma, Jean, Bradley and Cooper, and are now getting the care they need at the RSPCA centre in Surrey. They are not available for rehoming yet but please keep an eye on the charity’s website: www.rspca.org.uk/findapet