The RSPCA says that on two days last week, Chihuahua puppies were dumped in Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire and left to die.
The first incident happened on Thursday night (19 September) at Walton Lodge Vets in Brewery Road when a night nurse taking out some rubbish to the bins found a red bag stuffed behind them containing three pups.
RSPCA inspector Stephen Reeves said: “This is all very unusual, especially as they are a popular pedigree breed.*
“All three, found behind the bins at the vets, were hypothermic and worm ridden and one unfortunately died despite attempts to save it.
“The two survivors are doing well and have already found new homes with staff at the vets.
“If anyone has any information that can help me find the pitiless owner, who left them in this state and took a chance on them being found, they can leave a message for me on the inspector information line on 0300 123 8018.”
The second incident occurred on Saturday (21 September) when police found five Chihuahua puppies dumped in a plastic bag with a towel in the public car park on Cock Lane. Three of these puppies were dead and two survived and have been put into foster care.
Inspector Reeves said: “I would like to remind the public that dumping animals is illegal and they could face a fine and even imprisonment if caught.”
Notes to editors
* Chihuahuas are the smallest breed of dog and gained current popularity by being owned by famous personalities like Paris Hilton, who appeared on the front cover of Seventeen magazine with her dog Tinkerbell, the actress Reese Witherspoon, who was accompanied by a Chihuahua called Bruiser in the film Legally Blonde and the American idol judge, Paula Abdul who has two Chihuahua’s named Tumbellina and Tulip.