THE RSPCA has slammed the actions of the owner of two dogs which were abandoned in Burton.
The tiny Chihuahuas were dumped in a pet carrier outside Pets at Home, in St Peter’s Retail Park, off Lichfield Street.
The stranded dogs were found by a member of the public who heard them barking.
The dogs, which have been christened Consuela and Diego, were taken in by staff at the store.
They were checked over by veterinary staff and given a bath before RSPCA officers arrived to take them away to the Animal Centre and Hospital in Birmingham.
A spokesman for the Pets at Home store condemned the actions of the owner.
The spokesman said: “They were in a pet carrier outside the store. A member of the public found them.
“People who do this shouldn’t have dogs.”
The RSPCA urged anyone who knows who they are or saw the animals being dumped to get in touch.
The RSPCA’s Elaine Buchan said: “Dumping dogs is not acceptable – pets are a lifelong commitment and people need to think carefully before getting a pet as animals have the right to be loved for life.
“Luckily kind-hearted staff members took the pair in and contacted the RSPCA, they even gave them a quick bath while they waited for the officer to arrive.
“The dogs were physically okay, when found – although a bit dirty.
“The female dog has been named Consuela and is the slightly bigger one of the two and a young adult. The male dog, named Diego, is also a young adult and does have some eye problems which he is being treated for – he weighs a tiny 2.5 kilogrammes.”
Once fully assessed, RSPCA workers will set about finding Consuela and Diego a new home - which isn’t expected to be too difficult.
A spokesman added: “Consuela is a lovely bundle of fluff, while Diego is a real cheeky character. We predict there will be a flurry of people wanting to adopt the dogs.”
Anyone with information is being urged to call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.