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Abandoned puppies saved in 'Lassie-style rescue'


Tuesday January 10th 2017

An abandoned litter of puppies have been saved after a dog alerted its owner to them during a woodland walk.

Sniffed out in a "Lassie-style rescue", the pooch barked repeatedly until its owner came to the rescue of the three shivering puppies that had been dumped in a plastic green recycling box in some woods in Failand, Bristol.

Believed to be collie or collie cross breeds, the pups are now being cared for at the Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary in Barrow Gurney, Bristol.

The charity has named the two males Tosca and Carlos, and the female pup Mabel.

Sarah Schranz, kennel and cattery manager for the charity, said: "The owner went over and found these three puppies shivering in the bottom of a green recycling box with a little blanket in there.

"It was a Lassie-style rescue. They were in quite an isolated spot where if they had been left for the night they would not have survived."

The centre is now looking for foster homes for the pups.

"It is so sad," Ms Schranz added. "It beggars belief that in this day and age, with a rescue centre down the road, that someone would leave them there."

The charity urges anyone looking to re-home an animal to go directly to rescue centres, rather than posting on social media or sale sites such as Gumtree.

Copyright Press Association 2017