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Dead puppy found dumped inside pink toy box in the street

Photo of the box which the puppy was found in. Credit: RSPCA

A dead puppy has been found dumped inside a pink toy box in the street in Derbyshire.

The male brown and white crossbreed-type puppy was found at Guildford Avenue in Swadlincote.

It was found by a passer-by who contacted the RSPCA.

The puppy was found inside the box lying on a pink, flowery duvet cover. Inspector Charlotte Melvin said:

The poor puppy was really thin and was suffering from worms - there were worms inside the box which they were dumped in.

There are no obvious injuries so there is a chance that this poor puppy died as a result of being neglected as they clearly needed veterinary treatment.

Worryingly, he was very thin. We don’t know how long he has been dead for but there is a possibility that he was alive when he was dumped.

If that is the case, then it does not bear thinking about how horrifying his last hours would have been, all alone in the cold.

It is the time of year when people might consider buying dogs as Christmas presents, which we do not recommend. We really hope that this puppy was not a victim of being bred for the Christmas trade.

– Inspector Charlotte Melvin

It follows the discovery of a dead puppy with a broken neck and leg in a box for a Tommee Tippee bottle steamer, which had been dumped in a communal bin in Newcastle-under-Lyme, in Staffordshire, a week ago.