A litter of puppies found dumped in a box in freezing weather conditions and suffering with a severe skin problem have been nursed back to health by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and are now looking for new owners.
Six five-month-old English Bull Terriers were found on the doorstep of Kingston City Farm in Surrey last month and were brought to Battersea by concerned City Farm staff. The puppies were underweight and suffering with demadectic mange which had caused their fur to fall out. Sadly, two of the puppies died from an infection they were also suffering with. However, littermates Jamie, Hugo, Mille and Spencer have spent the last few weeks recovering from their ordeal with treatment from Battersea’s clinic staff.
When they arrived at Battersea, the puppies were immediately given a course of antibiotics and treated for their severe case of mange. Their skin was very itchy so clinic staff dressed them in jumpers to prevent them scratching their sore skin.
The puppies are hoping that their Christmas wish will be granted and they will find loving, permanent homes in 2012. They are currently being given fortnightly treatment which will need to continue for the next four to six months. This could be given by a new owner in their home and Battersea staff will be happy to continue to treat the puppies until they fully recover from their condition.
Suzanne Abrahams, Battersea’s Clinic Manager, said: “These puppies have had such a traumatic start in life at such a young age. This was a particularly nasty case of mange which must have been very uncomfortable for them. Despite this, they have a lot of love to give and they have their whole lives ahead of them. We expect them to make a full recovery and be great family pets to those willing to give them a chance.”
Jamie and Hugo are currently living with foster families while they wait for permanent owners to be found. Millie and Spencer are living at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in south London.
Ali Taylor, Battersea’s Head of Canine Welfare Training, has been fostering Hugo. She said: “Hugo is such a cuddly little character, he’s been a great addition to my home for the last few weeks. He was quite shy at first but he’s growing with confidence every day. He loves to play and explore and find out more about the world around him. He also loves spending an evening curled up with me, soaking up all the love and affection he deserves but had previously been missing out on.”