Leeds & West Yorkshire

Foster mothers needed for Leeds puppies

Litter of abandoned puppies
Image caption The litter of puppies was abandoned in Leeds

An animal charity has launched an urgent appeal for canine foster mothers for a litter of abandoned day-old pups.

The seven tiny dogs have been cared for by Dogs Trust Leeds after they were found in a cardboard box behind a cinema complex on Friday.

They were so young their umbilical cords were still attached, trust staff said.

There is also concern for the puppies' mother who will be in distress at having "lost" her babies.

The charity is urgently looking for surrogate mothers for the now five-day-old youngsters called Chief, Tomahawk, Gizmo, Apache, Teepee, Hattie and Cherokee.

An eighth sibling, called Mohawk, died since the rescue.

Trust staff say they need to find two or three female dogs who are already nursing small litters and could take on the pups between them.

Once they are weaned, the trust will take the little ones back for rehoming.

'Very optimistic'

Amanda Sands, manager of Dogs Trust Leeds Rehoming Centre, said: "We are truly appalled that someone could abandon these defenceless puppies and leave them to die in a cardboard box.

"We're desperate for anyone whose dog might be able to nurse a few more puppies to contact us.

"Provided the potential foster mothers are happy to let the extra pups feed from them, they will need to stay together for six to eight weeks.

"The team and I are very optimistic that people will come to these poor little creatures' rescue."

The charity is urging her owner to take her to a vet.

Anyone whose dog might be a suitable foster mother should contact Dogs Trust Leeds on 0113 281 4920.

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