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'Hunted' puppies find new homes

Four Akita pups
The puppies will go to new homes in Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Falkirk

Homes have been found for four puppies that were hunted for sport after being born on a landfill site in Lanarkshire.

Two of the Japanese Akita pups will be homed in Airdrie, near the Greengairs site where they were found. The others will go to Glasgow and Falkirk.

North Lanarkshire Council rescued the puppies, named Kayleigh, Zara, Shiloh and Teddy, after learning they were being hunted by dog owners.

They were handed to the Scottish SPCA, which will re-home them this weekend.

The mother of the puppies is understood to have been living wild at the Greengairs landfill site for two years.

Workers there reported seeing people with dogs hunting the pups.

The twelve-week-old siblings, two boys and two girls, were caught by North Lanarkshire Council and taken to the Scottish SPCA's Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Hamilton.

We will be sad to see them go as they are adorable puppies, but we are delighted with the response we have received and that they will be going to good homes
Heather Shaw
Scottish SPCA

They were then transferred to the SPCA's centre at Mellerstain, near Gordon, for a socialisation and rehabilitation programme to get them used to contact with people and other dogs.

The puppies' mother was put down after being deemed too dangerous to be re-homed.

Staff at Mellerstain said they had undertaken a "tough" selection process after being inundated with offers for the pups.

Debbie Bottomley, who manages the Mellerstain centre, said: "Before we did the interviews we thought that we wanted only the most experienced people.

"But then we met some applicants who were not so experienced but who were just great with puppies, were very kind and caring and had really done their homework on the breed.

"We are happy that the puppies will be going to good, loving homes."

The centre's assistant manager, Heather Shaw, added: "We will be sad to see them go as they are adorable puppies, but we are delighted with the response we have received and that they will be going to good homes."



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