The RSPCA is investigating after two dead puppies were dumped at the side of a road wrapped up in napkins.
A dog-walker made the discovery on a footpath off Galingale View, Newcastle-Under-Lyme.
When she found the puppies, she thought the black and tan ones may still be alive so she took them to RSPCA’s Stapeley Grange Wildlife centre but staff confirmed they were both dead.
It is not clear whether the puppies were already dead when they were dumped.
RSPCA inspector John Groake said: “It would have been clearly a distressing sight and the dog-walker was really upset as she was hoping they were still alive when she found them.
“She said there were yellow napkins nearby and we believe the small puppies – which were only about eight inches long – may have been wrapped in these when they were discarded.
“At this stage we do not know if the puppies were alive when they were dumped and died due to the cold temperatures or if they were already dead. It would seem strange if they were dead to be dumped in this way though.
“If they were alive this is a despicable act as they were dumped like rubbish. We are keen to find who is responsible.”
Inspector Groake said there are CCTV cameras in the area and he would be looking at footage from those as part of his investigation.
Anyone with information about who dumped the puppies should call the RSPCA appeals line on 300 123 8018.