Dogs Trust rescues puppies found dumped in a supermarket car park

Last month [March], two tiny Dachshund puppies were found dumped in a carrier bag in a supermarket car park in Essex by a member of the public.

The puppies, who were shivering and terrified when they arrived at Dogs Trust Basildon, were named Bunny and Blossom by the team there. 

The pair of tan and dappled puppies – who we believe to be sisters - were rushed to the vet as soon as they arrived, where staff provided them with round the clock care. The puppies were estimated to be under six months old and heartbreakingly, within hours of arriving at the safety of Dogs Trust, Blossom began vomiting and had severe diarrhea. She was found to be suffering with parvovirus. Despite the best efforts of the vet team, she sadly died of the virus within four days. 

Bunny was also treated as having parvovirus but miraculously survived, and with some extra TLC from centre staff, she is on the road to recovery. 

Lisa Cooper, Dogs Trust Basildon Rehoming Centre Manager said: 

“These poor puppies were in a sorry state when they came to us. I dread to think what they had already been through in their short lives, and what could have happened to them if they hadn’t been found and handed in by a quick-thinking member of the public. 

“It’s absolutely devastating that little Blossom didn’t make it, but thankfully we were able to change the tale for Bunny and she is very much on the mend, with her personality starting to shine through in the foster home where she is being cared for.

“Despite her ordeal, Bunny has been thriving and is a very sweet, cuddly and playful girl.” 

We are taking this opportunity to remind everyone that, if you are struggling and need advice or support to give up your dog, please speak to a rescue organisation in the first instance. 

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