Three Maltese puppies left in sealed box with airholes outside Sheffield animal sanctuary
- Dogs were moved to safe space where they are being cared for by shelter staff
Three Maltese puppies held in a sealed box with airholes were abandoned outside an animal sanctuary in Sheffield last weekend.
Staff at Thornberry Animal Sanctuary discovered the dogs, estimated to be seven or eight weeks old, on Friday, August 25.
The sanctuary did not have kennel space for the dogs but managed to move things around and find a ‘safe space where they are being cared for by our team’.
The animal rescue, in a Facebook post, reiterated that staff ‘do not judge whoever left them’ but said it is ‘more challenging’ to provide them with proper care without ‘understanding their background or their current health condition’.
Thornberry Animal Sanctuary has now launched an appeal for donations to help give the ‘beautiful pups a better start in life’.
Three puppies were left in a sealed box with airholes outside Thornberry Animal Sanctuary on Friday, August 25. Staff believe they are Maltese dogs between seven and eight weeks old
The sanctuary shared how staff were shocked to find the dogs in the box, which was first assumed to have been a container of donations.
‘But as we took a closer look we noticed movement inside,’ staff recalled.
‘At first we thought it was a cat, but as we opened the box, we were met with three beautiful balls of white fluff.
‘We are not 100 per cent certain but we think they are around seven to eight weeks old and we believe they are Maltese puppies.’
The puppies were taken to the sanctuary’s veterinarian who assessed their health. Staff then worked to rehome them because the sanctuary was full.
Staff are now urging people to donate and help support other animals that are abandoned in a similar fashion.
‘Although our kennels are full to bursting and all of our resources are stretched, we are always committed to being here for dogs like these,’ Thornberry Animal Sanctuary wrote.
The rescue reiterated that staff ‘do not judge whoever left them’ but said it is ‘more challenging’ to provide them with proper care without ‘understanding their background or their current health condition’. Pictured: Thornberry Animal Sanctuary in Sheffield
‘Sadly, this is not a one off and we are seeing more and more dogs and other animals coming into rescue – many of whom have medical conditions that need treating.’
The shelter said that people can make a difference through a ‘one off donation’ or by establishing a ‘monthly recurring payment’.
Staff added: ‘It is supporters like you, that change the future for animals like them.’
The sanctuary also said it has received a ‘huge’ response from people willing to rehome the puppies but noted that applications are now closed. Staff are instead encouraging pet-lovers to ‘consider an adult dog in rescue, they are all deserving of a new chance’.