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"Please look after me": note attached to abandoned puppy pleads for new owner

Snoopi was found dumped in a bush in west Norfolk. Photo: RSPCA.

A young puppy, who is thought to be an unwanted Christmas present, was found dumped in a bush in west Norfolk this week.

Snoopi was discovered by a passer-by who was walking down Bennett Street in Downham Market when she spotted a pet carrier sticking out of a hedge by the side of the road.

She heard a quiet whimper and found the 14-week-old, black and white dog inside.

He had been abandoned with a sign which said: “Please look after me as my owner doesn’t want me anymore. I’ll try my best to keep you happy. My name is Snoopi.”

The note attached to Snoopi's cage. Credit: RSPCA.

Around Snoopi was a selection of brand-new equipment needed to look after a new dog – including a bed, dog food, dog training paraphernalia and a teddy bear.

Inspector Jon Knight said: “It was like a brand new rehoming pack left with him – very strange.

“I can’t quite get my head around how someone could dump this really incredibly cute dog in this way.

“On the one hand, they seemed to care due to the note and the careful way all the dog-related goodies had also been left. On the other hand, it’s just so callous. He was left hidden by a residential street where he could easily have been ignored or missed, and on a very cold night. Temperatures being what they were he would have been really ill if left there overnight.

"I have no doubt in my mind that this was an unwanted Christmas present. It is a perfect example of why we urge people to think very carefully before buying pets as presents."

Snoopi is in good health and has been taken into RSPCA care.

He will soon be put up for rehoming.

It is thought he is probably a cross between a spaniel and pointer.

Items left with Snoopi. Credit: RSPCA.

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