Four border collie-cross puppies, believed to be from different litters, were found abandoned in Guildford having crawled out of a filthy ditch in freezing conditions on Thursday (January 18).
Two of the puppies, one ten weeks old and one three weeks old, were found wandering Fairlands common by a dog walker in Littlefield Close and were taken to Kingswood Vets in Chobham .
A third puppy was discovered lying in the ditch, but had sadly already died from what vets believe to be exposure.
The fourth puppy, ten weeks old, was found later that day on the common and was also taken to Kingswood Vets, which informed the RSPCA.
While inspectors believe the cases are linked, they believe the different ages of the puppies rules out them being from the same litter.
Inspector Helen Wheeler, who is investigating the discoveries, said: “This is a horrible abandonment of these vulnerable puppies and it is very concerning that there were two incidents in the same day.
“The temperatures that morning were extremely cold with the storms passing through the night before and sadly one of the puppies had already died and was found lying in the ditch, wet and freezing cold.
“All the pups were covered in fleas, they were dirty and smelled very strongly of faeces.
“Later that day, I received a second call about another puppy found in a similar area and in the same condition as the others.
“There is never an excuse to abandon an animal like this and leave them exposed to the elements. In this case, it tragically resulted in the death of one of the puppies.
“The other three seem to be doing much better so we are hopeful they will pull through.”
Staff at the centre have named the all female trio of pups, who are thankfully now doing much better, Belle, Ariel and Lady after the popular Disney characters.
The RSPCA released an adorable video of the three puppies enjoying some much needed playtime at the centre, and hope a member of the public may recognise where the three female collie-cross puppies came from.
The animal charity is appealing for anyone who may have seen anything unusual around Fairlands Common on Thursday morning (January 18) at about 11am, and again in the evening, or anyone who may recognise the puppies, to contact the RSPCA in the strictest confidence on 0300 123 8018.
If you see an animal in distress, please contact the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999.
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