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The RSPCA is investigating after six puppies were abandoned outside a charity veterinary hospital in London.

The eight-week-old lurcher puppies were found by a member of the public in a black, metal crate at the side of the road near the PDSA’s veterinary centre in Abbeywood.

RSPCA Inspector Nick Wheelhouse, who is now investigating, said, “The member of the public found the puppies at around midday on Tuesday (11 September) and took them straight to the PDSA’s clinic nearby.

“The staff at the clinic reported the puppies’ abandonment to us and looked after the dogs overnight for us. They’re now in our care and are having various health checks before we can move them to private boarding so they can be assessed and then begin their search for new homes.

“A lot of my colleagues are huge fans of The Bodyguard so we decided to name the pups after some of the main characters. Hopefully this means they’ll be lucky and find new homes where they’ll be protected as fiercely as David Budd protects Julia Montgomery!”

The pups – three males called Budd, Charlie and Montague, and three females called Chanel, Ella and Vicky – were not microchipped and had no collars or ID tags so the RSPCA has now launched an investigation to trace where they’ve come from.

Georgina Roberts, vet nurse team leader at Thamesmead PDSA Pet Hospital, said, “We’re not a rehoming charity but a concerned member of the public spotted the puppies abandoned in a crate near to the PDSA Pet Hospital and brought them in.

“Sadly the puppies were in an extremely poor condition; they were very underweight, covered in faeces and infested with fleas and worms. We cleaned the puppies up, and gave them fluids to rehydrate them as well as vaccinating them and administering flea and worming treatment.

“It’s really sad that these adorable puppies were left abandoned in such a dreadful condition. It reinforces the need for people to get their dogs neutered to prevent unwanted litters.”

“It’s obviously completely irresponsible to dump these puppies in this way and I’d like to speak to whoever was responsible,” Inspector Wheelhouse added.

“I’d urge anyone who recognises the pups, knows where they’ve come from or saw anyone in the area acting suspiciously on Tuesday morning to get in touch with us by calling 0300 123 8018.”

Although these puppies aren’t yet available for rehoming the RSPCA has thousands of other dogs looking for new homes. Visit the charity’s website for more information about adopting a rescue dog and to begin your search for the perfect match.

You can also donate to the RSPCA and help them rescue more animals by following this link

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