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The dogs of Downton Abbey...

Nine six-week-old puppies have been rescued by Blue Cross after they were abandoned in a box in a Southampton park - and they have been named after the cast of Downton Abbey.

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Abandoned dogs named after Downton Abbey cast

Nine puppies. left in a cardboard box in a Southampton park, have all been named after characters from Downton Abbey. A lady walking her dog in the park in Sholing discovered the six-week old lurchers and took them to the Blue Cross centre in Southampton.

Laura Boyle, Blue Cross Rehoming Supervisor said, "The lady saw a tall cardboard box and heard crying coming from within it. When she got closer and opened it up, she was shocked to discover the nine puppies inside."

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