Abandoned pups left by road to die
Family saves dogs which now have new homes
A Lockerbie couple rescued two puppies that had been abandoned by the side of the road in the rain.
Ian and Penny McLatchie were driving home from a friend’s house with their four-year-old daughter Freya on Tuesday night when they spotted a pair of bright eyes peeking out in the darkness.
Despite thinking at first it might have been a ferret, the pair decided to stop the car to have a look.
And they were stunned to find the two tiny pups lying on wet newspaper with a tin of unopened dog food beside them.
The McLatchies wrapped them in a T-shirt before bundling them into their car and taking them to safety.
Penny said: “The wee things were lying squeaking and we used the light on our phones to check to see if there were any more.
“We’d just left my friend Hazel’s house and were about a mile outside Moffat when we found them.
“Hazel’s a vet so I phoned her for advice and she told me to take them to her work at Ark Veterinary Centre in Lockerbie.”
After an examination, the dogs – named Charlie and Lola by smitten Freya – were wormed and fed before being given the all-clear.
Penny added: “Apparently they’re about 10 weeks old and are Jack Russell crosses, brother and sister.
“They’re fortunately very healthy, so I don’t think they’d been dumped for long before we found them.
“Ark Vets have been amazing and very generously said they would waive any fees for looking after them.
“I felt sick when I got home. I was in disbelief that somebody could do something like that.
“I don’t understand why the person responsible couldn’t have put them in a box and even left them outside the vet door instead of in the pitch black and rain on the side of a road. It’s disgusting.”
After posting the discovery on Facebook, the couple were overwhelmed at the hundreds of messages they’ve received from people concerned about the pups.
Ian said: “We’ve been amazed at how kind-hearted people have been with offers of puppy food and help. Thanks also must go to the Ark Vets and CJ Equine Services.
“The good news is that so many people offered to take them in, and they’ve both now got new loving homes to go.”
To the rescue Penny and Freya McLatchie with the puppies they found at the roadside