PEOPLE are being urged to make animal cruelty a thing of the past for the New Year after two "precious pups" were found dumped in a plastic bag.

Officers from Worcestershire Regulatory Services Officers were called after the puppies were found in Kidderminster earlier this month.

The puppies, named Elsa and Anna are believed to be just a few weeks old, they are very skinny and distressed from their ordeal which, if they had not been found in time, could have seem them die as Winter temperatures plummet.

Worcestershire Regulatory Services animal welfare officer Pip Griffin said: “I am horrified that in 2023 these sorry souls were just thrown away like a bag of rubbish and could have frozen to death.

“We can only assume the owner couldn’t cope, changed their mind about housing two pups or their dog had given birth and they couldn’t handle the litter.

“What we do know is that is not acceptable and I urge residents to remain vigilant for any pets that they feel are being neglected or if the owners look to be not coping.”

Offering advice to residents, WRS said when deciding to get a dog it’s important people consider the ongoing costs including food, equipment and vets’ bills, that pets are neutered and chipped, and to ensure if you are not rehoming a dog from a rescue centre that the breeder is reputable.

Pip added: “The pups are now in foster homes, are warm and cared for.

“But this does not take away from the callous act of cruelty which happened here.

“Let’s look to the New Year now and make such horrendous behaviour a thing of the past.”

WRS Animal Welfare Team can be contacted on 01905 822799.