French Bulldog puppies left to die in freezing temperatures in heartbreaking case

The French Bulldog puppies were left in a crate without food, water or a blanket a week before Christmas. The tiny black dogs had been abandoned in an alleyway in Widnes when they were found by a member of the public.

The 15-week-old pups, who are suffering from a skin condition, are now being cared for by Dogs Trust Merseyside and will be re-homed.

Georgina Lowery, manager at Dogs Trust Merseyside, said: “It is always shocking when dogs are abandoned in this way, particularly on a cold winter’s day.

“Luckily, they were found before they came to any serious harm. They are absolutely adorable.

“Unfortunately, they are being treated for a very uncomfortable skin condition which will have been developing for some time before they were abandoned, but we are hopeful they will make a full recovery.

“We are now speaking to families who have been preparing to welcome a puppy into their life for some time, about giving them their forever homes.”

Ms Lowery added: “French Bulldogs are incredibly popular all year round.

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They have been named Polar, Arctic and Chilly.

It comes as the Dogs Trust is promoting the message that dogs are for life and not just for Christmas in a new campaign.

The charity’s heartbreaking advert tells the story of Corky, who is dumped with the Christmas rubbish.

Research by the charity found that in the run-up to Christmas online searches for puppies increase.

Online searches for “get a dog” soared by 27 percent two weeks before Christmas compared to the yearly average, according to the research.

Meanwhile, searches for “get a puppy” were up by 44 percent a week before Christmas in 2018 compared to the yearly average.

Pugs were the most popular breed that people searched for, followed by Rottweilers and French Bulldogs.