The RSPCA are appealing for help to trace abandoned puppies whose siblings were rescued after being found abandoned in a Stoke-on-Trent field.
A member of the public spotted at least five cavapoo type puppies in Knowsley Lane, Church Lawton, as he was driving past and managed to capture one of them on Monday morning (30 December).
The black female, aged about five months old, was taken to a nearby vets where she was found to be in good health and the matter was reported to the RSPCA. She is currently in an RSPCA foster home and has been named Betty.
Animal Collection Officer Emma Dwan was sent to the scene to locate any more of the dogs but she was unable to find any, however she asked local residents to be vigilant.
The following day two more black puppies were found in the area and have now been taken into care.
It is believed that at least another white cavapoo and possibly another black one may be in the area as well as a smaller brown dog and the RSPCA are asking members of the public to look out for them.
Emma believes the dogs were dumped and is now appealing for anyone with information about who is responsible to contact her.
She said: “One theory is maybe they were stolen and the person responsible dumped them.
“They also appear to be in good health although we believe from the strong smell of urine on their dirty coats that they had been kept in a crate together somewhere.
“I am asking people in the area to keep a lookout for the remaining two or possibly three dogs so we can make sure they are safe and they can be reunited with their siblings.
“It is a real concern that the dogs appear to have been left in this kind of danger at such a young age. They were left near a canal so could have easily have fallen in and were near a road so they were exposed to a number of dangers.
“The dogs were not microchipped so I am appealing for anyone who knows who they belonged to to get in touch.
“It is such a callous thing to do and it was lucky they were spotted as this is a quiet and remote area.”
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018.