IT’S not quite a case of 101 Dalmations – but Sheffield RSPCA Animal Centre is packed out with poodles.
RSPCA Inspectors rescued a dozen neglected poodles which were brought to the centre to be rehomed.
And not long after they started having pups... bringing the total to 28.
RSPCA Sheffield Animal Care manager Tony Benham said: “These wonderful dogs came to us as part of a cruelty investigation.
“There were 25 dogs in the house and our centre took 12 adults, five of which were pregnant.
“We had to de-mat all of them under sedation as they were in such a bad state when they were brought in and some of the adults are awaiting operations.”
Since then, 16 puppies have been born and Tony says the dogs, which are now in foster homes, are looking much better.
“They are the loveliest of colours from apricot, to chocolate, black, grey and white,” he added.
Most of the adults are estimated to be aged between four and six, with a couple about two and the pups three to five weeks old. Tony said: “These gentle-natured dogs and puppies will need a lot of socialising as they are very nervous and know so little of normal life. Basic training and confidence with a patient owner will be needed but it will be well worth the effort. We’d recommend confining each dog at first to a very small area, possibly even using a crate and then gradually introducing them into the rest of the home stage by stage.
“A fairly quiet home with older children, who understand that the new dog will need to build their confidence, would be great.
“When it comes to walking the dogs, the age and size will determine the length of time. Most do not currently walk on a lead, so tiny baby steps building up to walking will be needed.”
n RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre is daily except Wednesday 12.30pm-3.30pm and can be contacted on 0114 2898050. The centre is also looking for foster homes.