Cockapoo puppies were found dumped and riddled with skin disease with their fur falling out.
The RSPCA is appealing for help to track down the callous owners of the tiny dogs which were discovered along a bridleway in Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
A horrified walker stumbled across the puppies – which are the result of breeding between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle.
The puppies – two females, who have been named Olive and Emmy, and one male, who has been named Gus – were found on Sunday May 6.
Olive, Emmy and Gus were found abandoned on a bridleway in West Yorkshire. They were saved by the RSPCA after a man found them and called for help
The puppies have now been diagnosed with sarcoptic mange.
The highly contagious skin disease found in dogs is caused by the sarcoptes scabiei mite.
The disease causes dogs extreme pain according to animal experts.
RSPCA inspector Kris Walker said: ‘As well as being very scared, these poor puppies were in a terrible physical state.
Gus was dumped along with his two siblings Olive and Emmy who are both female. The trio were found scared and covered in mange
Olive was discovered with serious skin disease and clumps of her fur missing after being dumped in Wetherby
Emmy was one of three little dogs abandoned along a pathway before being saved by the RSCPA. Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may know who their owner is
‘All of them are thin and have extensive hair loss and scabby, reddened and sore skin and tests have now revealed they have sarcoptic mange.
‘It seems very likely that they were dumped and that this was the reason why.’
The puppies are aged around eight weeks old. Once they are cleared of the mange their fur will grow back.
The diseased dogs will make a full recovery but have a ‘long road’ ahead of them according to the RSPCA whose officers saved them
The puppies have now been diagnosed with sarcoptic mange, a highly contagious skin disease found in dogs caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite
It is not known how long the puppies, around eight weeks old, spent terrified and alone before they were found by a walker
Inspector Walker added: ‘They were taken straight to a vets in Leeds where they were looked after for three days and have now been transferred to RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham & District branch animal centre where they’ll be given all the TLC they need.
‘They are feeling a whole lot better but have a long road ahead of them I’m afraid.’
Anyone with any information about who they belonged to, or who saw anything they think might help our investigation, is asked to call the inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Walker.
He added: ‘Sarcoptic mange is a very contagious condition that causes a great deal of suffering to the dogs who get it and I am extremely concerned that the puppies’ mum could also have it, and any other dogs at the location too.’