Pitsea: 15 puppies found abandoned in crate by roadside
An investigation is underway after four pups die that were littered in a roadside crate.
The pups were among 15 cockapoos discovered in the crate found in Pitsea near Basildon Crematorium.
A citizen found the box after hearing the pups whimper and call for help.
They took her to a nearby vet, but one had already died while another three had to be euthanized because of their poor health.
The surviving 11 puppies are now closely monitored by experts, but still suffer from diarrhea.
The RSPCA has now launched an investigation to find those responsible.
Inspector Chloe Frost, who is leading the investigation, said, “It is so shocking that so many puppies have been thrown away, especially since everyone is doing so badly.
“They were all dumped in a dirty box with no food or water and in such hot temperatures.
“We are so grateful that they were found because now the remaining pups have a chance of survival.”
The RSPCA says fears remain that a surge in people buying puppies during the coronavirus lockdown will lead to similar incidents where dogs are abandoned by owners or breeders.
Ms. Frost added, “We don’t know at this point if they (the Cockapoos) came from a puppy farm and then were abandoned when it was discovered how bad they were.
“We also cannot rule out that they are the result of a demand for ‘lockdown’ pups – and we are concerned about what will happen to more ‘lockdown’ pups in the coming months.”
The RSPCA says that between March and December last year it saw a huge increase in the number of people searching for the “Rehoming” section of its website.
The number of viewers has almost doubled to over a million.
Anyone with information on the abandoned pups found in Pitsea on Monday should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.