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Labrador puppy thrown into crate next to A249 layby dies

One of seven Labrador puppies rescued after being dumped on the side of the A249 has died.

The pup, named Achilles, was suffering from a mysterious illness and rapidly deteriorated while waiting for the vet this morning.

One of the Labrador puppies found alongside the A249 has died.  Image: Swale Dog Warden
One of the Labrador puppies found alongside the A249 has died. Image: Swale Dog Warden

Achilles was found with his five brothers and one sister after being abandoned in a crate next to the A249 between Sittingbourne and Sheppey.

All dogs were underweight and suffered from mange.

While most of the puppies at KareBear Kennel in Gillingham thrived and gained weight, they noticed his sister weighed only half their weight.

Since then, Swale Borough Council’s canine warden has said that Kelly and Billy Bleach, after noticing Achilles was out of food, took him to Newnham Court Veterinary Hospital in Maidstone, where he was held overnight for hydration and observation.

His temperature dropped and he was sent home with medication and monitored 24 hours a day, but quickly deteriorated and died in Billy’s arms this morning.

The Labrador puppies were found in a crate next to the A249.  Image: KareBear Kennel's Facebook
The Labrador puppies were found in a crate next to the A249. Image: KareBear Kennel’s Facebook
The Labrador puppies found next to the A249 are now being looked after by my Kelly and Billy Bleach.  Image: KareBear Kennel's Facebook
The Labrador puppies found next to the A249 are now being looked after by my Kelly and Billy Bleach. Image: KareBear Kennel’s Facebook

In a post on Facebook, KareBear Kennels said: “We lost one of the little rescued puppies today, we are absolutely heartbroken, he didn’t ask to be bred and dumped.

“We did everything we could to help him, but unfortunately his little body couldn’t take it anymore and he had a seizure and died.

“At least he had love for the last week of his very short life.”

Swale Borough Council’s Stray Dog Service said: “We are all devastated and still reeling from the loss, life seems so cruel at times.

“We held Achilles, loved him and hoped against hope that we could give him a better life. We don’t know the trauma he experienced before he came to us, but we like to think that his last week was his best week.

Labrador puppy Achilles died this morning.  Image: Swale Dog Warden
Labrador puppy Achilles died this morning. Image: Swale Dog Warden

“Neither we nor the vets really know why he was unable to thrive, although based on his symptoms their professional opinion is that he had a congenital problem. We’re so sorry we couldn’t save you, beautiful boy.

“As promised, we will always treat our strays with love, dignity and respect and we hope that, if only for a short time, Achilles knew he was valued.”

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