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Biggin Hill charity horrified by four abused puppies

Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Four neglected German Shepherd puppies in a poor state of health are being cared for at an animal shelter after being dumped by owners.

The malnourished dogs are at Biggin Hill’s Foal Farm Rescue Centre, with an adult German Shepherd.

Kim Puttock, Foal Farm chief executive, said: “We are pretty certain the pups are from the same litter and we suspect that the adult female is their mother. All of these dogs are in a terrible state of neglect – it’s just heartbreaking.”

The first two puppies, riddled with mange and starving, were found on August 27 by a passerby who saw them in the charity’s driveway in Jail Lane. Staff named them Hansel and Gretel.

On September 1, the suspected mum was dumped on the charity’s drive and spotted by Foal Farm’s late-shift staff who chased a car that sped off.

She was microchipped and her name was Bonnie, but her original owner had sold her to someone and the microchip was not updated with any new details. Bonnie had fleas and was underweight.

Two days later, a couple walking their dog in Sparrow’s Den, West Wickham, saw two puppies without an owner. They took them to Foal Farm with severe mange and open wounds. They were named William and Jacob.

Ms Puttock added: “Sadly, we are used to dogs and other animals being dumped at our doors and in our car park, often late at night. But to have five dogs abandoned on three separate occasions in such a short space of time is certainly unusual and very puzzling. We hope, in time, they will recover and be able to trust people again so we can find them loving new homes for life.”

n For more about Foal Farm or to make a donation, go to www.foalfarm.org.uk or call 01959 572 386.

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