A small puppy tragically died just days after it was found abandoned in a carrier bag outside an Essex supermarket.

Dachshund, Blossom, was found shivering inside a bag-for-life along with sister, Bunny, by a member of the public.

They were taken to the Dogs Trust centre in Basildon to be cared for and were rushed off to the vets for treatment.

The puppies were estimated to be under six months old and within hours of arriving at the centre, Blossom began vomiting and had severe diarrhea.

She was found to be suffering with parvovirus and despite the best efforts of vets, she died from the virus just four days later.

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Despite the best efforts of the vet team, she sadly died of the virus within four days.

Bunny was also treated as having parvovirus but miraculously survived, and with some extra TLC from centre staff, she is on the road to recovery.

Lisa Cooper, Dogs Trust Basildon Rehoming Centre Manager said: “These poor puppies were in a sorry state when they came to us.

"I dread to think what they had already been through in their short lives, and what could have happened to them if they hadn’t been found and handed in by a quick-thinking member of the public.

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“It’s absolutely devastating that little Blossom didn’t make it, but thankfully we were able to change the tale for Bunny and she is very much on the mend, with her personality starting to shine through in the foster home where she is being cared for.

“Despite her ordeal, Bunny has been thriving and is a very sweet, cuddly and playful girl.”

Thurrock Gazette: Bunny relaxing in her new foster homeBunny relaxing in her new foster home

The Dogs Trust is urging any pet owners who are struggling or need advice/support on how to give up your dog to contact a rescue organisation in the first instance.

To find out more about the Dogs Trust,visit www.dogstrust.org.uk/changethetale.