Seven puppies found in a carrier bag - and only two survive

People are being urged to avoid giving animals as presents this Christmas after a litter of puppies was found dumped in a carrier bag near Whitchurch.

Seven puppies were found dumped in a carrier bag near Whitchurch on the morning of December 4. Of the litter - but only two had survived their heartbreaking ordeal.

The two surviving puppies were taken to Southwater Vets in Telford by the team at Hilbrae Rescue Kennels for emergency treatment, where they have been named Winston and Wally.

Rob Hamilton, director of the vets practice in Stafford Park, said the puppies' plight highlighted a growing problem with abandoned pets.

Becca Cozier is the veterinarian nurse fostering them at the moment until they will be able to be put up for adoption.

She said: “A member of the public found them in a carrier bag and called Hilbrae Rescue Kennels, who we work with in taking care and treating animals.

“It was really cold that night, it snowed, so unfortunately not all seven of them made it, only Winston and Wally made it.

“We got them nice and warm, and made sure they were okay and then they came into my care.

“We’re not sure what breed they are – we need to wait for them to grow to make out any of the characteristic features of a specific breed.”

Becca also said that rescues are full at the minutes.

“You need to do your research first otherwise situations like this happens”, she added, “Definitely don’t be buying them for Christmas or birthdays – as comes the new year and they will end up in kennels.”

Marty Burrell, of Hilbrae Rescue Kennels in Cold Hatton, Telford, said Christmas was always the busiest time of year for taking in unwanted dogs.

She said: “We have some golden rules which we always tell people, particularly in the run up to Christmas.

“Firstly, never give a pet as a surprise present, especially to children, who will not understand the implications and cost of looking after an animal.