Six dumped puppies given second chance by Lort Smith

We had seven, one-week old puppies surrendered to us on Sunday 12 November. They were found in hard rubbish last Friday 10 November in Hoppers Crossing. The finder bottle fed them and then surrendered them to us.

We believe they are staffy-cross, but it is too early to tell for sure. There were four females and three males, but sadly, one of the females has since passed away after suffering pneumonia.

The puppies were vet checked and were surprisingly healthy – just dirty and very hungry. The puppies are now in foster care with a Lort Smith volunteer and are being bottle-fed them around the clock – they should be ready for adoption after Christmas.

We will shortly be announcing a completion for people to suggest names for the puppies. Details will be on our Facebook page soon.

“There is absolutely no reason for anyone to abandon an animal like this, and it is even more tragic to think the mother was isolated from her pups,” said Lort Smith CEO David Herman.

“At Lort Smith we will always do whatever we can to help an animal in need. Additionally, there are a number of vets, animal shelters and pounds around Melbourne people can contact if they find abandoned animals.”

“The puppies will be in foster care for a few more weeks, before being desexed, vaccinated and ready for adoption just after Christmas.”

“Assisting animals in need is at the heart of our mission. If people would like to show their support, we would be incredibly grateful if they might consider making a donation at

“We don’t receive any ongoing government funding, so the only way we can continue to care for animals like these beautiful puppies is through the generous support of Melbournians.”