The RSPCA has launched an appear after two dead puppies were found dumped at the side of a road wrapped up in napkins.
The two puppies were discovered by a dog-walker who found them on a footpath off Galingale View, in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
When the dog-walker made the horrific discovery, she thought the black and tan puppies may still be alive, so she put them in her car and took them to RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre – but sadly staff there confirmed they were both dead.
RSPCA Inspector, John Groake, said: “It would have been clearly a distressing sight and the dog-walker was really upset as she was hoping they were still alive when she found them.
“She said there were yellow napkins nearby and we believe the small puppies – which were only about eight inches long – may have been wrapped in these when they were discarded. At this stage we do not know if the puppies were alive when they were dumped and died due to the cold temperatures, or if they were already dead. It would seem strange if they were dead to be dumped this way though.
“If they were alive, this is a despicable act as they were dumped like rubbish. We are keen to find who is responsible.”
A post-mortem of the puppies was unable to establish a cause of death. Inspector Groake said there are CCTV cameras in the area and he would be looking at footage from those as part of the investigation.
Anyone with any information about who dumped the puppies should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.