RSPCA appeal after ill puppies were ‘dumped on playground’

RSPCA appeal after ill puppies were ‘dumped on playground’

The RSPCA is appealing for information after three poorly puppies - thought to be from unwanted breeding litters - were reportedly dumped by a man who pulled up at a Greater Manchester playground and asked children if they wanted the young dogs.

The animal welfare charity was contacted following the incident on Tuesday 17 January. 

It was reported to the charity that a group of children were playing on a field near Hall Lane, in Farnworth, when a man in a blue car pulled up and asked the children if they wanted three puppies, dumped them out of his car and then drove away.

The puppies - a Lurcher and two Chihuahuas - were all aged around six weeks old and too young to be away from their mums, leading the RSPCA to concerns that they were from unwanted breeding litters.

RSPCA inspector Beth Fazackerley attended to collect the puppies and took them to the Greater Manchester Animal Hospital.

Beth said:

Very sadly, one of the Chihuahua puppies was very weak and wasn’t able to lift up its head. They were so poorly that I was concerned they might die on the way to the hospital. As soon as a vet saw the puppy they said that they were not in a good way and the sad decision was made to put the puppy to sleep to end their suffering.

Sadly, the other two puppies also deteriorated even with urgent treatment. It turned out they had parvovirus and we are heartbroken that they also passed away.

The lurcher puppy was microchipped however the chip was not registered, so there is no information for the RSPCA to follow up on - prompting the charity to ask the public for help.

Beth said:

It is very concerning that these three puppies - who were all far too young to be away from their mums - were dumped like this. It may be that they have come from someone who is breeding different litters and these puppies were thought to be ‘unsellable’ because they weren’t in the best health.

Whatever the situation, it is unacceptable for any animal to be abandoned.

I am urging anyone who has any information to contact our appeals line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

The RSPCA has long worked hard to highlight and tackle the link between organised crime and dog trade, with unscrupulous dog traders making millions of pounds from selling dogs - often with little to no regard for their welfare.

Prospective owners are urged to adopt and not shop in the first instance. But if buying a puppy, people must do their research and use the RSPCA-backed Puppy Contract to help them buy responsibly, and not inadvertently putting money in the pockets of criminal gangs. 

RSPCA rescue teams will be out in all weather this winter, rescuing animals. Help rescuers be there for the animals in need and join the Winter Rescue.