Three tiny, neglected puppies were brought into The Mayhew Animal Home in Kensal Rise on Boxing Day after being found dumped in a box and left for dead by the side of a road.

The young, defenceless puppies, aged just a few weeks old, were left out in the cold and rain on Boxing Day with only a box for shelter.

Found by the side of the road in Watford Rise, the puppies including one boy and two girls, were abandoned in a state of neglect.

All three puppies were found with a severe lice infection and were covered in flea eggs. The poor little boy unfortunately had alopecia over most of his body and had a severely swollen stomach, which was most likely caused by worms.

Luckily the puppies were found by a local who took the youngsters home for food and warmth before bringing them to The Mayhew.

Mayhew staff named the girls Sky and Pearl and the little boy has been named Leo.

They were cleaned up, given flea treatments and treatment baths, settling into a quiet kennel with plenty of food, water and warmth to help make them feel safe and secure.

Leo was also given fluids and antibiotics along with his wormer. Vets believe his alopecia was probably caused by the lice due to the constant itching and scratching on his skin and that he was the smallest in the litter.

'Sky is the liveliest and cheekiest pup of the bunch'

The three puppies brightened up during their care at The Mayhew, and started to show their individual personalities. Little boy Leo is described as being such a dude and loves to run about and play with his squishy toys.

Lovable girl Sky is the liveliest and cheekiest pup of the bunch, who is always on the move and always looking to see what everyone else is doing. Beautiful puppy Pearl is the most laid back pup of the bunch, though she does love to play with her brother and sister.

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Animal Welfare Officer at The Mayhew Animal Home, Tania Mazzoni, said: “Since arriving at our kennels Sky, Pearl and Leo perked up a lot, so we had our fingers crossed that they would make a full recovery.

“We’re just so glad that the puppies were found in time and weren't left out in the harsh weather for too long. It’s worrying, especially with all the recent bad weather, that someone might not have got to them until it was too late.”

“Unfortunately we see a lot of abandoned animals all year round, and it’s possible that they could have been unsold Christmas puppies and were dumped. Last month we launched our Give A Pet A Chance campaign to try to educate people about responsible pet ownership and thus avoid cases such as this one.”

Pearl and Sky are available now to adopt and you can find out more information on the dedicated Pearl and Sky pages of the Mayhew website.

According to the animal home, little Leo will be ready for adoption in a few weeks when he is neutered by The Mayhew’s Vet team.

If you are interested in adopting and would like to know more about animals that are currently up for adoption, visit the Mayhew Animal Home website or call 0208 962 8009.