A dog rescue charity is appealing for help after nine puppies were left with them in a poor condition.
The young dogs, aged between six and 11-months-old, were taken to Wellidogs by two people on separate days in the same week.
This normally happens after Christmas when dogs are dumped so it is a little worrying that it is starting alreadyA spokesman for Wellidogs
A man arrived with three orange crates containing four puppies and said he had found them in a box by the side of an allotment.
Two days later, a young lady took five puppies in similar circumstances down to the charity based in Grendon.
They both left phone numbers, but they turned out to be false when the dog warden tried to ring them.
All nine dogs appear to have similar traits, including being scared of being walked or being on a lead, which the charity says could mean they came from the same place.
They were also dirty when they arrived, as if they had been lying and walking in their own excrement.
A spokesman for Wellidogs said: “They have never been trained – never had a collar or lead on – and are scared little boys and girls.
“We are looking for the right homes for them as although they are between six and 11-months-old, they will need to be treated as if they are about two-months-old.
“They look like they are small terriers and lurcher crosses.
“This normally happens after Christmas when dogs are dumped so it is a little worrying that it is starting already.”
Wellidogs will be getting the puppies spayed and castrated when they are old enough, as well as sorting their injections.
And while the puppies are loving and playful, the charity has said anyone who adopts one of them would need to have time and patience to train them.
Ginny Ross, Wellingborough Council’s dog warden, said: “As is usual for dogs with no ID, we held them for seven clear days and then sent them over to Wellingborough Dog Welfare as they met criteria for rehoming.
“It’s very important that dogs have identification so that their owners can be traced.
“Dogs should have an ID tag on their collar if they’re outside the home, and from next April it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped.
“Pet owners have a responsibility.
“There are organisations out there that can help them do the best for their pets, including dog charities that assist with low-cost neutering.
“We can offer advice and can be contacted on 01933 231960.”
Anyone who would like to adopt one of the puppies or can contribute financially to their care can go to www.wellidog.org for more information or call kennel manager Naomi on 07561 129207.