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. 

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A Lucky Escape

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 our London centre, where vets were on hand within minutes to give them a thorough check over.

Our 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.”

A Fitting Tribute

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. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, our staff decided to name the puppies after famous suffragettes.

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.

  • Emmeline Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement who helped women win the right to vote.
  • Lydia Becker 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 Garrud 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.

A Second Chance

The four puppies all have homes lined up, but are being looked after by our 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 second chance. Start your search for a new best friend.