These little fun-filled pups had a lucky escape after being left to die in a Fylde wood.
The six-week-olds were discovered cowering in a cardboard box by a woman walking her own dog which had run off the lead and sniffed out the pups.
The woman contacted staff at Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary, in St Annes, who picked them up and helped them back to health.
Mandy Leigh, from Easterleigh, said they were lucky to have been found by the woman’s dog and would have died within days.
The rescue came as the RSPCA published its annual figures which showed 46 people were convicted of animal cruelty in Lancashire last year.
She said: “This is typical of the kind of cruelty we see. We took the puppies to the vet to get them checked out and they are fine now.
“We are going to look after them for a few more weeks until they have had their vaccinations and been micro-chipped then we will try to find good homes for them.
“We can’t let them go until they are nine weeks old. They are lovely looking dogs, a collie cross type with nice black and white markings.” She said they RSPCA figures were just the tip of the iceberg as there were many cases of people causing suffering to animals of all kinds, mainly through ignorance.
She said: “We get quite a lot of neglected animals brought here. Sometimes people simply do not know how to look after them properly.”
To re-home the puppies call Easterleigh on (01253) 789185.
Years of care at the animal sanctuary
Easterleigh Animal Sanctuary has been a charity for 15 years and was named in memory of Mandy’s much loved horse Easter who she looked after for 16 years.
The centre has around 100 residents, including seven horses, and it costs around £5,000 a week to care for the animals.
Thousands have been re-homed over the years and it is open between 10am and 4pm daily.
The RSPCA said it wants to see judges take cruelty cases more seriously when they come to court and that view is echoed by Mandy.
She said: “I agree totally. We have seen some terrible cruelty cases, but I have to say not all were deliberate cruelty.”
One case involved the dumping of five very poorly cats outside Easterleigh last summer.
Three were completely blind and had to be put down, two had lost an eye each, but were nursed back to health by Easterleigh staff and Vets4Pets. Their plight caused MP Mark Menzies to raise the issue of animal cruelty in Parliament.