SIX young puppies dumped in a box on the hottest day of the year so far are being cared for by Dogs Trust Salisbury.

The Lurcher puppies, believed to be around six weeks old, had been abandoned with no water and were rushed to the rehoming centre by the member of the public who found them on Saturday and put them into their own cat carriers to safely transport them to the rehoming centre.

Lucy Hooper from Dogs Trust Salisbury said: “Please, please, if someone needs to give up their dog or an unwanted litter for whatever reason we would always encourage them to come in to the centre to talk this through with our staff.

“By handing them over in this way, the dogs aren’t in harm’s way and we are able to know a little more about the dog’s history, exactly how old they are or what sort of socialisation and training they have had. That all helps us to find them the best home.”

Since arriving the pups have been checked by the vet, been given baths and are being cared for by staff who say they are coming out of their shells and are extremely friendly and playful.

Lucy adds: “The temperature on Saturday was extremely hot, and was set to get hotter. Luckily they were found early in the day but as they were left without any water, they may not have survived they if they hadn’t been found when they were.

“When they arrived, they were checked over by one of our vets. Their skin is very sore and itchy so we’re currently given them soothing baths to ease the discomfort. Fortunately, they are all recovering from their ordeal well and are full of fun, just as puppies should be, so they will be looking for their forever families very soon with people who will give them all the love and care they deserve following their horrendous start in life.”

The pups have been named Summer, Jemima, Lolly, Poppet, Pickle and Rufus and like typical puppies, they are enjoying lots of fuss, cuddles and playtime with canine carers. New families will need to be able to offer time and attention that comes with owning a new puppy and be able to continue with their training and socialisation.

To enquire about rehoming one of these puppies, please call the Salisbury rehoming centre on 0300 303 0292.