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Puppies in desperate need of mother after being dumped in a plastic box

The puppies were found abandoned in a layby near Wickham Photo: RSPCA

Ten puppies have been rescued after they were found abandoned in a layby in Hampshire.

The tiny Staffordshire terriers were just ten days old when they were found in a plastic box on Titchfield lane near Wickham at the weekend.

The RSPCA says they are in desperate need of their mother and has launched an investigation.

They're now receiving treatment and the RSPCA is investigating.

The ten puppies were found abandoned in a layby Credit: RSPCA

The pups - who don't yet have their eyes open - were discovered in a plastic box wrapped in a blanket by a member of the public.

They were rushed to a vet where they are now receiving immediate treatment as they are completely reliant on hand rearing to replicate the care their mum should be giving them.

The ten puppies were found abandoned in a layby Credit: RSPCA

"It's estimated the puppies are around 10 days old. They are tiny, they don't yet have their eyes open and need help feeding.

"Thankfully they are now getting the care they need and we hope they will all make a good recovery.

"We are very worried about the welfare of the mother dog as she will no doubt be really missing her pups, and could be suffering from mastitis after recently having so many puppies.

"I assume as they'd been left in the layby by the person responsible in the hope would be found and helped. However, leaving such young puppies exposed like this without the mum they so desperately need risked their lives.

"Anyone with any information can call me in complete confidence on our inspectors' appeal line on 0300 123 8018."

– RSPCA inspector Charlotte Coggins