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Callous dog-owners dumped two puppies at the roadside - just hours after their birth.

Luckily, a man walking his dog nearby spotted the incident and rescued the shivering pups, who still had wet umbilical cords.

The pair are now receiving round the clock care as RSPCA officers hunt those responsible.

“It happened a very short time after they were born”, said RSPCA inspector Emma Brook. “It is a shocking thing to happen.

“They were very cold and lethargic when taken in. They had wet umbilical cords, suggesting they had only been born earlier that day.

“They look to be Staffordshire bull terrier type puppies and are a male and female.

“The puppies are improving, but as you can understand we are very concerned over this matter, not only for the puppies, but for the mother who could potential risk of illness as a result of this action.

“She may need attention and will also be stressed because she has not been able to feed her pups”.

Insp Brook said the incident happened about 9am on Sunday, June 1, when a man walking his dog in Woodhead Road between Honley and Holmfirth saw a car pull up.

The passenger in the blue Vauxhall Astra car got out and placed a cardboard box at the roadside before the car drove off.

The RSPCA is investigating and has appealed for any information from the public. Witnesses should call 0300 1234 999.

The pups have now been taken to Companion Care in the Pets at Home store in Leeds Road and are being cared for by veterinary staff.

Tracey Lowe said: “They need round the clock care and we are taking it in turns to take them home each night, as they need feeds every two hours.

“They were freezing when they were brought to us and we heated up pads in the microwave to wrap around them.

They must have been dumped very soon after being born”.

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