Appeal for information on neglected puppies

Press Release: 24/02/2014

Lurcher Puppies

An appeal for information has been launched about two neglected Lurcher puppies that had to be put to sleep.

The puppies were found in a garden at Castle Rise in Kings Worthy by a Neighbourhood Services Officer from Winchester City Council last Thursday, 20 February. Both puppies were male, one fawn and one tan-and-white with a black vinyl collar with bones on it.

One puppy was unable to walk and extremely poorly and the other was showing signs of illness.

It is likely that the puppies wandered into the open garden overnight to seek shelter in a compost heap, but they may have been out for several days before that.

They were both taken straight to the vet where one puppy collapsed on arrival and was so poorly that it had to be put to sleep. The other was monitored for a few hours but deteriorated and also had to be put to sleep. The vet described it as one of the worst cases of neglect she had seen.

Now Winchester City Council is appealing for information about the ownership of the puppies.

Emily Bowen, the Council’s Animal Welfare Officer, said:

We were very sorry not to be able to save these two puppies which suffered so horribly. We take cases of animal neglect very seriously in the Winchester District and we would welcome any information from the public that helps us to trace the owner of these Lurcher puppies.

Members of the public may contact Emily in confidence on ebowen@winchester.gov.uk or 01962 848456.