Aban­doned pups left by road to die

Fam­ily saves dogs which now have new homes

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - Jackie Grant

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

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