We have launched a joint investigation with the RSPCA after the bodies of four newborn puppies were found dumped in a carrier bag in Hemel Hempstead.
A member of the public made the heartbreaking discovery in Three Cherry Trees Lane on Thursday morning (23 March) - which also happened to be National Puppy Day.
Our dog warden collected the four bodies and alerted the RSPCA. “A woman called the dog warden as she was concerned there were dead animals in a tied up Marks and Spencer carrier bag, which had been dumped on a verge," said RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith.
“Unfortunately, when the dog warden attended, she made the grisly discovery. Inside the bag were four tiny, newborn puppies - possibly Staffordshire bull terriers. There were no obvious signs of injury. It’s not clear how or why these puppies have died but I do have concerns that they could come from an unplanned litter and there may be a bitch somewhere out there who is at risk.
“What makes this even more heartbreaking is that the pups were found on National Puppy Day - a day when most people are celebrating puppies and how wonderful it can be to have a dog. Sadly, the reality is that unscrupulous breeders and sellers looking to make money out of the puppy trade means awful things are happening to puppies on a regular basis and we are having to pick up the pieces.”
Anyone with information that could help the investigation is urged to email email@example.com, call 01442 228418 or the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
“The RSPCA advises all dog owners to have their pets neutered to avoid unwanted litters,” Inspector Smith added. "Animal charities and rescue centres are full to bursting with unwanted dogs and cannot find new homes quickly enough for them all.”