The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pug puppy was found in a cardboard box in York. She was emaciated and suffering from a prolapse which had become maggot-infested.


The puppy was found by a member of the public on Murton Lane, Murton on Wednesday 13 May and taken to Tower Vets.Pug puppy © RSPCA


RSPCA inspector Karen Coleman said: “This poor pup was in a terrible state. How someone could just dump an animal which was clearly already suffering is beyond me.


“She was emaciated but in addition to that she also had a prolapse which would have required urgent vet treatment, the fact that this was infested with maggots leads me to believe she had the prolapse for at least a few days.


“There was nothing the vets could do to save her, the only humane thing to do was to put her to sleep.”


The puppy, a female thought to be aged around two months old, was dumped in a cardboard box inside another box with a patio heater label (pictured below).Box pug puppy dumped inside © RSPCA


RSPCA inspector Coleman said: “I want to hear from anyone who thinks they know who this puppy belonged to. Do you know someone who had a pug puppy and no longer does? Did you see anything suspicious in the area? The patio heater box may also mean something to someone. Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”


The RSPCA is a charity and only able to investigate incidents like this thanks to generous public donations. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).