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Puppies found in abandoned shed sleeping on dead siblings

Credit: ITV Anglia

On Thursday, a dog-walker discovered four cockapoo puppies in a deserted Cambridgeshire shed. Two of the animals were dead.

Aged six to seven weeks old, the puppies were identified by the walker's dog, who picked up their scent. The owner was led to an open-fronted shed in Decoy Road, Gorefield.

They found two alive, but emaciated puppies, along with two dead ones.

One of the abandoned puppies Credit: ITV Anglia

“As an RSPCA inspector, we sadly see some awful things that happen to animals, but this truly is one of the worst I have had to deal with.

"I am devastated by what has happened to these puppies.These pups were abandoned in a cage behind an old sofa, in a remote shed, so the chances of them ever being found was almost zero."

– Inspector Justin Stubbs, RSPCA
55,821
calls received by the RSPCA's cruelty hotline in December last year.

Last year, the RSPCA's cruelty hotline received 55,821 calls over the Christmas period.

More than 8,000 animals spent Christmas in the charity's care last year.

One of two recovered puppies Credit: ITV Anglia

The RSPCA believe the two dead pups died overnight on Wednesday 5 December. They are likely to have been there for least two days.

The two live puppies, named Bramble and Crumble, are now at the RSPCA’s Block Fen Animal Centre in March, Cambridgeshire.

The RSPCA don't want people to call the centre about adopting, as at this stage the pair are not available for rehoming.

They are still poorly and require ongoing veterinary treatment at the moment.