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Tragedy as tiny spaniel puppies found dying in a ditch in South Ockendon

The RSPCA is appealing for information after four newborn puppies were found dead and dying by a ditch in Thurrock.

The tiny spaniel crosses, thought to be just days old, were found by a passing member of the public in a ditch next to a little lane behind Benyon Primary School on Tyssen Place, South Ockendon on Saturday, 4 October.

Three were dead, but one was described as alive and twitching when found. Sadly by the time an RSPCA inspector arrived they were all dead. The puppies still had their umblical cords attached

RSPCA inspector Caroline Richardson-Braun said: “This was a truly heartbreaking incident. The sight of these little bodies will not leave me for quite a while.

“They were soaking wet despite warm dry weather that day, and one possibility is that the puppies were drowned before being placed in the ditch – a horrible way to die.

“It seems likely that they had not been there that long by the state of the bodies – and the reports that one was moving when found.

“I understand some young boys found the puppies which must have been incredibly distressing for them. We are very grateful they raised the alarm and let us know.

“We urge anyone with any information at all about this incident to call us on 0300 123 8018. We would like to do all we can to stop this happening again in the future.”

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).

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