WATCH: Dumped dogs with matted fur and bloodshot eyes transformed and almost ready for new homes
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They looked like they had been to hell and back, but a group of abused dogs found abandoned in rural Norfolk are now on the road to recovery and could be welcomed into new homes as early as next week.
The nine dogs were rescued from Creake Road in Syderstone, near Fakenham, on Monday, October 15, with bloodshot eyes and matted hair sticking to their thin bodies.
But the dogs are being brought back into good health by the team at Dogotel Kennels in West Norfolk, while an investigation continues into who left the animals for dead.
RSPCA Inspector Dean Astillberry said the dogs were being clipped of their matted hair and were looking good.
Mr Astillberry said: 'They are looking really happy and healthy.
'They are such lovely dogs and it makes you a little bit sad because they are just so affectionate. It's hard to imagine how they have ended up as bad they have.'
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Mr Astillberry said the dogs - which are all either Leonberger-types, Newfoundland-types or crosses between the two, ranged from one-to-two to over five years old.
He said the canines would be in care for at least a week, and then they would be available for re-homing.
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Mr Astillberry said: 'We need to see if an owner comes forward, or some information comes forward suggesting who the owner is.'
Eight more dogs of similar breeds were found dumped on a road between Nottingham and Grantham in Leicestershire on the same day.
Mr Astillberry said it would be a 'coincidence beyond belief' if the two incidents were not related.
He said: 'I have never had this many dogs dumped in one place before and the Nottingham group was very similar.'
He said they had already received plenty of calls about the dumpings, suggesting leads from members of the public.
The Newfoundland Club UK, which is one of the oldest dog breed clubs in the world, has offered the RSPCA practical and financial support following the incidents.
Anyone with information about this dumpings is asked to contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.
Anyone interested in re-homing the dogs should contact the West Norfolk RSPCA Rehoming Centre at Eau Brink, King's Lynn, next week on 01553 618889.