AN APPEAL is being launched to raise hundreds of pounds to cover vet bills for puppies that were abandoned riddled with worms and fleas.
Although found in Birmingham, the six eight-week old puppies were brought to Rossendale to the foster home of Libbie O’Neill who runs a dog walking business Muddy Paws Lancashire. Sadly three of the puppies died.
However, Libbie is delighted that two of the surviving pups have been found new owners, but Rosa still needs a permanent home.
Their care to date has cost more than £500 and those costs will escalate before they are rehomed in four weeks time. Already generous donors have given £140.
Libbie, 28, from Waterfoot, said: “The pups arrived here at 12.40am and were in a terrible state.
“They stank, you could see the fleas jumping off them and they were full of worms. They were starving and on one you could see the pup’s spine.
“On the Sunday night one of the boys Buddy took a turn for the worse and had to be taken to the emergency vets where he passed away.
“I spent that night sleeping in bed with Circe to try to keep her warm but she also passed away as did Blaze as I was taking her to the vets the following morning.”
The three surviving pups are all Labrador whippet crosses. Rocco, who Libbie described as ‘energetic’, and Anya are doing really well but Rosa spent three days in a very poorly condition in Myerscough Veterinary Hospital in Clayton-le-Moors and still needs regular checks.
“Rosa had a massive infestation of worms,” said Libbie. “We treated them all for worms and fleas as soon as they got here but the worms inside Rosa were almost a foot long. All of the puppies had suffered serious neglect.
“A puppy should not normally be separated from its mother until at least 12 weeks old.”
Through the Muddy Paws Facebook page, mother-of-four Libbie has appealed for help to assist with vet costs and food and received many generous donations.
She collects and walks dogs from all over Rossendale and said clients had been very supportive.
“As well as help with vet bills, I would also like to appeal for anyone who would be able to offer a foster home for a dog,” she said.
There are 12 foster homes in Rossendale, but more are needed as the rescue organisation Libbie works with also rehomes stray dogs that no one has claimed from the pound when their seven days is up – otherwise they are put to sleep.
She added: “Even if you can only offer a home to a rescue dog for a week it would be appreciated.”