THE nine abandoned dogs found in such a state they could not walk or see have been taken in by the RSPCA.
The poodle-crosses – named Sian, Dave, Faye, Justin, Kate, William, Maria, Martha and Mavis – are moving Stubbington Ark in Fareham, and Mount Noddy near Chichester.
Although they remain the responsibility of Winchester City Council, the RSPCA will build up their strength and socialise, train and exercise them until they are well enough to go to new homes.
Animal welfare officers say it is the worst case they have seen. The dogs were almost unrecognisable when they were found. They had long, matted coats, were caked in mud and filth, were undernourished and had stones in their feet and overgrown claws.
They were unable to see or walk properly because of the weight of fur. It took vets three hours to shave up to 12kg of fur from each of the dogs – half their body weight.
They were found dumped across Hampshire and West Sussex last week.
Councillor Jan Warwick, who is in charge of environment at Winchester City Council, said: ‘The plight of these animals has touched the hearts of many, and I would like to thank everyone for their support and kind words about the work of the team caring for the dogs.’
Anyone with information that may help authorities find those responsible should email email@example.com or telephone 01962 840222.