Three springer spaniel puppies have been found abandoned in a dustbin at a property in Esher.

A member of the the public reported seeing the puppies on August 6, and Elmbridge Borough Council’s dog warden was called to the scene.

The dogs were transferred to a vet in Woking and found to be in good health.

All three dogs have been rehomed and are being looked after.

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: "It's really heartbreaking to hear that someone has thrown some puppies in a bin.

“Pets are for life, they are reliant on us owners to ensure that their needs our met, and they are not a toy that can just be discarded like a piece of rubbish when someone loses interest.

“Even if people’s circumstances change and they find they are no longer able to help their pet, there are still other options available such as contacting a local charity, not dumping them.

"We are grateful to hear that these pups have since been found loving new homes.”

Anyone who wishes to report an incident of animal cruelty is urged to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.