Six puppies and a three-legged dog who were living in their own filth are looking for a new home after their owner was prosecuted for neglecting them.

Caramel, a three-legged Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and her six puppies were found in squalid conditions and without food or water at a home in St Helier Avenue, Morden, by RSPCA officers.

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One of the neglected puppies who needs a new home

Their owner, Adam Elliott, 51, admitted three charges relating to neglect – two counts of not feeding them properly, and one of not providing them with a clean place to live.

He was disqualified from keeping dogs for ten years after the hearing at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 1.

Mr Elliott, of St Helier Avenue, Morden, admitted the offences under the Animal Welfare Act against the dogs, some of which were only six weeks-old when they were found in September last year.

The puppies, called Susan, Wendy, Jennifer, Carol, Fiona and Alison, and their mother, can now be re-homed.

RSPCA inspector Kate Fletcher said: “Caramel in particular was worrying.

"You could see her ribs and spine, and the environment was just unacceptable for all of them - especially such young pups - they were living in their own filth.”

Mr Elliott had to pay £720 in costs and was given a community order for 100 hours unpaid work.

To re-home the dogs, contact the RSPCA’s Millbrook Animal Centre on 0300 123 0740.