Two lurcher puppies, named Holly and Ivy, were found balding and itchy after being dumped on a cold day with their mum weeks before Christmas.

The 12-week-old pups are now being cared for by the RSPCA after being found by the side of the road in Effingham, Surrey.

These poor little dogs were dumped beside the road like rubbish, it's disgusting. They've got a really bad case of mange and are practically bald which means they'd have been even more vulnerable to the cold and rain. Thankfully, someone spotted them and asked us for help and we were able to get them into our warm, dry kennels quickly. They'll now stay with us over the Christmas period while we nurse them back to full health. Mum Mistletoe is doing well but the pups have still got a long way to go and it will take some time for their coats to grow back.

Liz Wood, RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre
Credit: RSPCA

The family won't be ready for adoption until the New Year while they receive medical treatment.

Poor Holly and Ivy have lost a lot of their fur so we're having to keep them snug and warm in special Christmas jumpers. They'll be staying with us over the festive period so if you'd like to donate any special chews, treats or toys to keep them - and our other residents - entertained then we'd be hugely grateful for any donations.

Liz Wood, RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre