The animal rescue charity wants people to help them find whoever abandoned two dogs – who have been named Almond and Cashew – found cowering in cages next to the A36 at around 9am on Sunday, March 3.

On Thursday, March 14, a German Shepherd dog, who has been named Teddy, was found tied to a bale of straw on the A36 near The Bell Inn at Standerwick.

The animal welfare charity has called on people to help with its investigation to try to trace those responsible.

RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson said: “Cashew and Almond were soaking wet and very matted when they were found and are understandably quite nervous after their experience. Teddy was also matted, smelly and dirty when he was rescued.

“It’s shocking that someone simply intentionally abandoned these dogs, leaving them all alone at the side of such a busy stretch of road. Thankfully, they were discovered by members of the public who were able to bring them to safety and are now all getting the care they deserve.“We don’t know if these sad incidents are related but are very concerned these dogs were found within days of each other abandoned alongside the same stretch of road.”

“None of the dogs had microchips so We desperately hope someone will recognise them and get in touch with us to tell us where they have come from.”

To help, call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Sadly, the RSPCA is called to rescue thousands of abandoned animals every years and inspectors often arrive to find neglected dogs who have been tied to lampposts or dumped in cages or cardboard boxes.

Dog owners are required by law to have their pet microchipped, registered with a database and must keep their contact details updated.