Homes are needed for four adorable puppies that were dumped by the Erewash Canal in Eastwood.
The Bull Terrier puppies and their mother were found dumped in a box in the canal earlier this week, as temperatures plummeted to minus six degrees.
Now Broxtowe Borough Council’s neighbourhood wardens are appealing for information on the dogs after a passer-by noticed the box and reported it to them on Tuesday.
Luckily all the puppies, who have been named Wellington, Willow, Maisie and Gracie and their mother Roxy, are healthy but in the freezing temperatures it could have easily been a different story.
The dogs are currently being cared for at Babbington Hall Rescue Kennels in Awsworth, who board stray animals for the council and they will be put up for adoption and re-homed.
Tony Sanderson, manager at the kennels, said: “It’s pretty shocking that somebody has done this . The mum was found tied up and the box of puppies was there. The person who did it knew people walk their dogs there but it’s no good for puppies to be outside.
“They were found quite quickly. Whoever put them there put them there to be found.”
It will be three weeks before the puppies are ready to be viewed for re-homing as they have yet to have to be fully vaccinated.
Their mum, Roxy, will be ready for a new home once the puppies have been weaned off her milk.
A spokesman for the council said: “Staffordshire Bull Terriers are one of the UK’s most popular dogs but are being over-bred resulting in large numbers of unwanted dogs in re-homing centres across the country.
“Anybody wanting a new dog is strongly advised to visit a local rescue centre like Babbington.
“The average dog can live to 15 years and residents are being urged to think carefully before getting a pet to ensure they can provide it with a happy and healthy life.”
People are also being reminded reminding of the importance of neutering and microchipping their pets to prevent unwanted litters and increase the chances of being reunited should they go missing.
The Neighbourhood Wardens run free microchipping events throughout the year, with the next event taking place on Saturday March 14 at Coronation Park, Eastwood between 10am and 1pm. They also offer low cost neutering schemes.