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See freezing cold and sick puppies 'callously' dumped in a box and left for dead in park

Vets at The Mayhew Animal Home desperately tried to save the five-week-old pups but sadly one was too weak to recover

This footage shows two five-week-old terrier brothers cruelly dumped in a box and left for dead in a park in the borough of Brent.

Freezing cold puppies Rascal and Toby were found in Gladstone Park in Dollis Hill by a member of the public who called in animal welfare officers from The Mayhew Animal Home.

They rushed to the park and took the freezing abandoned pups back to the home where they proceeded to help save their lives.

Toby was rescued by animal welfare officers after being abandoned in the park but sadly did not survive(Image: The Mayhew Animal Home)
Rascal is settling into a new home(Image: The Mayhew Animal Home)

The cold, dehydrated and weak little puppies were given urgent and intensive care and were fed every few hours to build up their strength.

They were dewormed, given medicated baths, put on IV fluids and antibiotics and wrapped in warm, heated blankets to improve and maintain their body temperature.

Both suffered from mange, a parasite living inside a dog’s skin, affecting dogs with a weakened immune system.

However they were cleared of Parvo virus, a contagious viral disease, found in unvaccinated dogs.

Sadly with such a poor start in life, too weak and unable to recover Toby died.

Rascal was brought in with his brother Toby(Image: The Mayhew Animal Home)

The Mayhew’s head vet, Dr Ursula Goetz urged pet owners to keep their dogs vaccinations up to date.

She said: “It was clear that Rascal and Toby were very sick and they had to be kept in isolation and away from other dogs.

“Young animals are like babies and need warmth, care and regular food otherwise they will deteriorate quickly and in Toby’s case unfortunately all help came too late.

"Because they had been taken from their mum at such an early age, they didn’t have the chance to thrive and grow healthily.

"That is why it is so important to seek veterinary care straight away, especially with young animals.”

Toby was one of two little terrier brothers left for dead in a park. Sadly Toby died.(Image: The Mayhew Animal Home)

Despite the devastation of losing Toby, the vet team focused on care for Rascal to make she he did not suffer the same fate as his brother.

With further treatment and plenty of TLC, the pup began showing signs of improvement.

After 10 days of intensive care he left the isolation unit and was soon living up to his name.

Rascal made a full recovery and the adoption team soon found him a new home with a loving family.

Rascal is back on his feet as he recovers thanks to animal welfare officers at The Mayhew(Image: The Mayhew Animal Home)

The home believes the pups were bred to be sold but as soon as they showed signs of ill health were callously dumped in the park.

The Mayhew Animal Home relies entirely on donations. Donate online or text “WOOF13 £5” or your chosen amount (up to £10) to 70070.

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