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The RSPCA is appealing for information after three Cockapoo puppies with a highly contagious skin disease were found last Sunday (6 May) in Wetherby.

The puppies – two females, who have been named Olive and Emmy, and one male, who has been named Gus – were found by a member of the public on a bridle track off Deerstone Ridge on Sunday morning.

The man was able to catch the puppies and keep them in his garden until an RSPCA officer arrived.

RSPCA inspector Kris Walker says, “As well as being very scared, these poor puppies were in a terrible physical state.

“All of them are thin and have extensive hair loss and scabby, reddened and sore skin and tests have now revealed they have sarcoptic mange.

“It seems very likely that they were dumped and that this was the reason why.”

The puppies are thought to be around eight-weeks-old, which is around the age when the breeder will usually look to rehome.

“They were taken straight to a vets in Leeds where they were looked after for three days and have now been transferred to RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham & District branch animal centre where they’ll be given all the TLC they need,” said Inspector Walker. “They are feeling a whole lot better but have a long road ahead of them I’m afraid.”

Anyone with any information about who the puppies belonged to, or who saw anything they think might help the investigation, is asked to contact 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Walker.

He added, “Sarcoptic mange is a very contagious condition that causes a great deal of suffering to the dogs who get it and I am extremely concerned that the puppies’ mum could also have it, and any other dogs at the location too.”

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