A young puppy thought to be an unwanted Christmas present was found dumped in a bush in Downham Market, Norfolk on Monday (January 27).

Snoopi © RSPCAA passer-by was walking down Bennett Street when she spotted a pet carrier sticking out of a hedge by the side of the road and then heard a quiet whimper. Looking closer, she found a 14-week-old, black and white dog inside the cage hidden among the leaves with a sign which said:

“Please look after me as my owner doesn’t want me anymore. I’ll try my best to keep you happy. My name is Snoopi.”

Around Snoopi was a selection of brand-new equipment needed to look after a new dog – including a bed, dog food, dog training equipment and a teddy bear.

I have no doubt that he was an unwanted Christmas present

Inspector Jon Knight said:

“I can’t quite get my head around how someone could dump this really incredibly cute dog in this way.

Snoopi's letter © RSPCA

“On the one hand, they seemed to care due to the note and the careful way all the dog-related goodies had also been left.


“On the other hand, it’s just so callous. He was left hidden by a residential street where he could easily have been ignored or missed, and on a very cold night. Temperatures being what they were he would have been really ill if left there overnight.


Snoopi's goodies © RSPCA“I have no doubt in my mind that he was an unwanted Christmas present. It is a perfect example of why we urge people to think very carefully before buying pets as presents.


“Every year, animals are abandoned when the novelty of having a dog or cat wears off. Pets are a lifelong commitment and anyone taking one on needs to be very sure there is a long-term commitment to properly care for the animal, and that he or she will be loved for life.”

Snoopi has been taken into our care and found to be in good health. After his initial inoculations are done he will be put up for rehoming.

Anyone with any information about how Snoopi came to be dumped in this way should call us on 0300 1234 999.

For more information about rehoming visit our rehoming and adoption pages.

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