A NEW life beckons for most of a litter of puppies abandoned in a box in a Doncaster alleyway.
Staff at the RSPCA Animal Centre near Bawtry have lovingly reared the starving dogs and are keen to find happy homes for the ones they have left.
The litter of eight Staffordshire-Labrador cross puppies was found in a sealed cardboard box more than a month ago in Hexthorpe by a passing member of public who alerted the RSPCA inspector team.
They were brought to the Great North Road rescue centre in a malnourished and dehydrated condition. Sadly, two of them were too weak to recover.
Centre manager Linda Robertson said: “The vet advised euthanasia for the weakest two. We tried for a week to revive them but it was no good and we lost them.
“But the other six have done really well and are very feisty now. They’ve come on in leaps and bounds and are old enough to be re-homed.”
Two of the pups have been re-homed in the past few days but that still leaves four wanting new and caring owners.
“We think they were about seven weeks old when they were dumped in the box, which is quite old a for a litter of pups to be abandoned.
“Our inspector tried to identify where the box came from but there was no evidence.
“We think it had probably been in the alleyway for a day or so because it was sodden and the pups were covered in their own dirt.
“It is such a cowardly thing to do because the owner could have called us for assistance. There is no need to be as cruel as to leave them in a box.
“It is lucky they were found, I don’t think they would have lasted another 24 hours inside the box,” said Mrs Robertson.
n Anyone interested in offering a home to the four remaining pups should contact the centre on 01302 714107.