Dumped in a box and left to die, puppies get a second chance at Battersea

16 JANUARY 2018

Trapped in a box and abandoned in the cold, four young puppies had a lucky escape when they were found by a good Samaritan, who rushed them into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

The kind passer-by was walking through Victoria Park on Tuesday 9 January when he heard the puppies crying and discovered them shut in a box on the sidewalk, shivering.

He brought the seven week old Staffordshire Bull Terriers straight into Battersea, where vets were on hand within minutes to give them a thorough check over.

Luckily, all the puppies were in good health, and staff decided to name them after famous suffragettes, to commemorate the hundred-year anniversary of the women’s vote.

The three girls in the litter -  Emmeline, Lydia and Edith -  are named after Emmeline Pankhurst, Lydia Becker and Edith Garrud, while the only boy was christened Davison, after Emily Davison. You can view images of the puppies here

Battersea’s Intake Manager Steve Craddock said: “These puppies had a lucky escape. The whole experience must have been very frightening for them. It was a cold day and they could have easily got hypothermia, suffocated or died of dehydration. Fortunately, they were found in time and - after a drink, a sleep and some TLC - made a full recovery, and now they’re charging about enjoying life with playful puppy enthusiasm.”

The four puppies all have homes lined up, but are being looked after by Battersea’s foster carers until they’re old enough to go to their new owners.

Foster carer Kim Tyson, who is looking after Emmeline and Davison, said: “They were a bit quiet when they first arrived, but within a few hours they found their feet and now they run the house. I’ve got two Dalmatians and they certainly rule over them. They love human company and cry when we’re not around, and they like to sleep cuddled up together. They’re very sweet little dogs and I can’t understand how anyone could have abandoned them like that. I hate to think what would have happened if they hadn’t been found when they were.”

Although Emmeline, Lydia, Edith and Davison all have homes waiting for them, there are plenty of other Battersea dogs looking for a family. You can meet them on Battersea’s website www.battersea.org.uk.


Notes to editors

·         Emmeline is named after Emmeline Pankhurst. Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.

·         Lydia is named after Lydia Becker, who was a member of the early British suffragette movement. She founded the Women’s Suffrage Journal and was a prominent advocate of giving unmarried women the right to vote.

·         Edith is named after Edith Garrud, who was one of the first female professional martial artists in the Western world. She trained her fellow suffragettes in jujutsu and self-defence.

·         Davison (the only boy in the litter) is named after Emily Davison. Emily Davison was a suffragette who fought for votes for women. She died after being hit by King George V’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby, when she walked onto the track during the race.

·         2018 has been called The Year of the Woman as it marks 100 years since women in the United Kingdom were given the right to vote. The first women in Great Britain were given the right to vote on February 6, 1918.

·         Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims to never turn away a dog or cat in need of our help, caring for them until their owners or loving new homes can be found, no matter how long it takes. We are champions for, and supporters of, vulnerable dogs and cats, determined to create lasting changes for animals in our society. 

·         Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.

·         In 2016 the Home cared for over 7,000 dogs and cats.

·         Battersea cares for an average of 270 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time.

·         In 2016 26% of dogs and 32% of cats arrived as strays.

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