Trapped in a box and abandoned in the cold, four young puppies had a lucky escape when they were found by a good Samaritan, who rushed them into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The kind passer-by was walking through Victoria Park on Tuesday 9 January when he heard the puppies crying and discovered them shut in a box on the sidewalk, shivering.
He brought the seven week old Staffordshire Bull Terriers straight into Battersea, where vets were on hand within minutes to give them a thorough check over.
Luckily, all the puppies were in good health, and staff decided to name them after famous suffragettes, to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the women’s vote.
The three girls in the litter – Emmeline, Lydia and Edith – are named after Emmeline Pankhurst, Lydia Becker and Edith Garrud, while the only boy was christened Davison, after Emily Davison.
Battersea’s Intake Manager Steve Craddock said: “These puppies had a lucky escape. The whole experience must have been very frightening for them. It was a cold day and they could have easily got hypothermia, suffocated or died of dehydration. Fortunately, they were found in time and – after a drink, a sleep and some TLC – made a full recovery, and now they’re charging about enjoying life with playful puppy enthusiasm.”
The four puppies all have homes lined up, but are being looked after by Battersea’s foster carers until they’re old enough to go to their new owners.
Foster carer Kim Tyson, who is looking after Emmeline and Davison, said: “They were a bit quiet when they first arrived, but within a few hours they found their feet and now they run the house. I’ve got two Dalmatians and they certainly rule over them. They love human company and cry when we’re not around, and they like to sleep cuddled up together. They’re very sweet little dogs and I can’t understand how anyone could have abandoned them like that. I hate to think what would have happened if they hadn’t been found when they were.”
Although Emmeline, Lydia, Edith and Davison all have homes waiting for them, there are plenty of other Battersea dogs looking for a family. You can meet them on Battersea’s website www.battersea.org.uk