Five tiny puppies abandoned in cardboard box

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Five newborn puppies have been rescued after being dumped in a cardboard box at a sports ground in London. The pups were so young their eyes were closed and they still had their umbilical cords attached.

RSPCA inspector David Waite collected the puppies – thought to be just days old – after they were found by a dog walker at Bramley Sports Ground in Cockfosters on October 28.

He said: “The five little puppies were inside a newspaper-lined cardboard box snuggled together in blue and pink blankets.

“The box had been dumped by stands at Saracens Amateur RFC, on Bramley Sports Ground.

“They are very young and still had their eyes closed and their umbilical cords attached.

“They were incredibly vulnerable so it’s lucky that this walker came across them and called for help.”

Mr Waite rushed the pups to the RSPCA’s Finsbury Park Animal Hospital.

They are now being hand-reared and receiving round-the-clock care.

The RSPCA has launched an investigation and is urging anyone with information to come forward.

The charity, which has seen a 24 percent increase in animals being abandoned this year compared to last year, fears the puppies were an unplanned litter dumped due to the cost of living crisis.

Mr Waite said: “Our Animal Kindness Index found 78 percent of owners admitted that they were worried the cost of living crisis would impact their pets.

“And, sadly, we’re starting to see the results of rising costs on pet owners.

“More animals are coming into our care, more animals are being abandoned, and fewer animals are being rehomed.

“I fear, in this case, that this was an unplanned litter and that the owners panicked when faced with the prospect of feeding and caring for five tiny lives.

“However, it’s completely irresponsible to abandon these vulnerable puppies like this and we’d like to hear from anyone who knows where they might have come from.”

Anyone with information about the puppies is asked to call the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

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