The RSPCA is appealing for information after the lifeless bodies of five Labrador puppies have been found on 25 May in Hertfordshire, in a secluded spot on Pegmire Lane in the village of Aldenham, just outside Watford. As the pups were of different colours, it is believed they may have been from different litters – which makes it all the more likely that the poor pups were bred in a puppy farm.
RSPCA deputy chief inspector Melanie Fisher said, “Turning up in the middle of the night to find this graveyard of puppies sent shivers down my spine. The small pups were just completely lifeless, scrawny and absolutely stank of urine, which tells me that they are unlikely to have come from a clean living environment. They were barely eight weeks old and it truly breaks my heart to think of what they must have been through only to then end up in a ditch like this, with their little lives cut unnecessarily short.”
The RSPCA has since been made aware that another puppy, Border Collie, had been found dead in the same spot only weeks before this gruesome discovery.
“There is a danger that we may have potentially unearthed some kind of puppy graveyard – a place where irresponsible breeders dump unwanted puppies when they get sick, die or are surplus to requirements, in spots such as this where I assume they hope nobody will ever find them,” Fisher said. “However they have been found, and we are now looking to get to the bottom of this cold and callous act.”
This is not the first time a “puppy graveyard” had been found. Last February, the bodies of several puppies were found in a ditch near a country lane. The pups, a mix of collie and terrier breeds, were much in the same condition – skinny and stinking of urine.
Anyone with any information can contact the RSPCA in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.
Images by RSPCA.