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Two Dachshund puppies were found in a “sorry state” last month and officers for Dogs Trust rushed them for rehabilitation. They were named Blossom and Bunny.
Vets found both pups had parvovirus, a condition which has a 91% dog mortality rate in untreated cases. Blossom has since died, the charity told Essex Live.
Bunny went on to make a full recovery after she and Blossom were discovered in the car park in Basildon.
Lisa Cooper, rehoming centre manager at the town’s Dogs Trust branch, 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.”
Animal charities have recently encouraged people to get in touch if they are unable to help their pets.
Caring for pets has become more challenging during the pandemic, RSPCA said.
There’s also been concern about a surge in imported pups in lockdown after alarming data was released in February.
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