PET rescue workers have been left “sickened” after a box filled with six-week-old puppies was thrown from a moving car.
Four of the five cross Staffordshire bull terrier pups were killed as a result of the mindless act which occurred outside the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home (EDCH) at about 1pm on Sunday.
The one helpless pup that survived has been called Soldier by centre staff on account of him being a “wee trooper” and because the shock incident happened on Remembrance Sunday.
Rosemary Eggleston, of the EDCH, said appealed for people to help them catch the culprits.
She said: “This is just mindless cruelty. I can’t understand why you would take the trouble to drive down here to hand in the pups only to fling them from a passing car? It makes no sense.
“If they had just handed them in or left the box at the gate we could have cared for the pups and re-homed them.”
A member of staff was walking towards the entrance of the Seafield Road facility when they saw a silver car approach.
Two men then threw a cardboard box out into a nearby lane and sped off.
When the staff member opened the box, they found the bodies of four young puppies inside – each one covered in blood and unmoving. Despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the pups.
In the meantime, Soldier was found terrified and shaking on the verge outside.
Rosemary added: “Someone, somewhere must know who did this. The pups look like they were around five or six weeks old, so must have been kept somewhere before they were dumped.
“The surviving one hasn’t had the best start in life and is suffering from the effects of neglect and malnourishment, but at least he is alive.”
Kay Hamilton, the Duchess of Hamilton, chairwoman of the Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue (SSBTR), was appalled by the incident.
She said: “This really is shocking, those poor pups.
“I’m not surprised that people would do this though with the reputation of the Staffie the way it is at the moment. They have been demonised and people think that there is no way any rescue centre would want to take them but we do.”
Kay, who set up the East-Lothian charity in 1973, has revealed that as many as four pups a day are being handed in by owners who can no longer afford to either keep them or have them spayed.
Both charities are about to launch their festive appeals for donations to help the region’s unwanted Staffies, stray dogs and cats this Christmas and ask for anyone wishing to help out to get in touch.