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Abandoned pups found in stable seek new home

Seasonally named Parsnip, Sprout and Spud by Dogs Trust Newbury

Jane Meredith



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Abandoned pups found in stable near Christmas seek new home

Dogs Trust Newbury is celebrating its very own Christmas miracle, after three tiny puppies were found alive and well, after being abandoned in a stable just weeks before Christmas.

The unwanted twelve-week-old crossbreed puppies, given the festive names Parsnip, Spud and Sprout by Dogs Trust staff, are the rehoming centre’s first ‘Christmas casualties’ as staff suspect they were bred to fuel the Christmas puppy trade and callously dumped when they weren’t able to be sold in time.

The pups were shaken and scared when they first arrived at the rehoming centre and staff have been caring for them round the clock to help them feel safe and loved as they recover from their ordeal.  They are now hoping a devoted new owner can grant their Christmas wish and give them the best gift of all, a place in a loving family home.

Nicki Barrow, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Newbury, said:

“It is truly shocking to see such tiny puppies abandoned in this way, especially so close to Christmas. Dogs Trust Newbury looks after hundreds of abandoned and unwanted dogs every year but it still shocks us to think that someone could so heartlessly abandon puppies, without a single thought as to what might happen to them.” 

“This year is the 37th anniversary of Dogs Trust’s iconic slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ and sadly it’s as true today as when it was first coined.

Every year we see a number of dogs handed into our rehoming centres in the weeks leading up to Christmas, often because they failed to sell in time to be given as presents at Christmas. Thankfully, we were able to help these puppies and we hope they will be spending their first Christmas with responsible owners in a loving, stable home.”

If you think you could be the shining star that guides these ‘muttivity’ pups home, please get in touch with Dogs Trust Newbury, telephone 0300 303 0292 or pop into the rehoming centre at Plumb’s Farm, Hamstead Marshall, Newbury, Berks, RG20 0HR.

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for nearly 17,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year through its network of 20 Rehoming Centres across the UK and one in Dublin.

For more information about the charity’s work please visit

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