Heavily pregnant dog and puppies dead after being abandoned in Terrington St Clement
An investigation is taking place after a heavily pregnant dog died after being left abandoned in a box in a West Norfolk village.
Terrington Veterinary Centre received the cocker spaniel early on Saturday morning and were unable to save the mother who was poorly with sepsis.
A number of puppies have died as well as the mother, as the centre continues to look after four puppies which are still alive.
Posting on social media, the centre said: "Today has been a very sad day.
"We have had a cocker spaniel brought in to us that was dumped in a box in a garden nearby. Unfortunately she was heavily pregnant and had tried to give birth and got into difficulty and subsequently the puppies died. She was so poorly with sepsis unfortunately we couldn’t save her."
A staff member at the Terrington St Clement centre said some of the four puppies are quite poorly but are being hand reared by staff.
The RSPCA are investigating and will take on the puppies for rehoming once they are fully recovered.
The staff member said: "We have had quite a few phone calls but we are none the wiser. On Saturday, we had a telephone call straight away so it was either in the early hours of Saturday or late during the night on Friday.
"A lot of people are trying to look into where she came from and the police have been informed. It was a very upsetting day on Saturday."
Anyone with information which could help with the investigation should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.
More to follow.