Four seven-week-old puppies trapped in a box and abandoned in Victoria Park have arrived at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The Staffordshire Bull Terriers had a lucky escape when a passerby heard crying and discovered them shut in the box, shivering.
When they came in on Tuesday 9 January Battersea’s vets were on hand to give them a thorough check over. Luckily, they were all in good health and staff have decided to name them after famous suffragettes, to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the women’s vote.
The three girls in the litter – Emmeline, Lydia and Edith – are named after Emmeline Pankhurst, Lydia Becker and Edith Garrud, while the only boy was christened Davison, after Emily Davison.
Battersea’s Intake Manager Steve Craddock said, “These puppies had a lucky escape. The whole experience must have been very frightening for them. It was a cold day and they could have easily got hypothermia, suffocated or died of dehydration. Fortunately, they were found in time and – after a drink, a sleep and some TLC – made a full recovery, and now they’re charging about enjoying life with playful puppy enthusiasm.”
The pups already have homes lined up, but until they’re old enough to go to them they’ll be cared for by Battersea’s foster carers.
Foster carer Kim Tyson, who is looking after Emmeline and Davison, said, “They were a bit quiet when they first arrived, but within a few hours they found their feet and now they run the house. I’ve got two Dalmatians and they certainly rule over them. They love human company and cry when we’re not around, and they like to sleep cuddled up together. They’re very sweet little dogs and I can’t understand how anyone could have abandoned them like that. I hate to think what would have happened if they hadn’t been found when they were.”