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Pug adopts abandoned litter of kittens

Pepper and Conker

A Pug has adopted an abandoned litter of tiny two-week-old kittens.

Born in a London stairwell and abandoned by their mother, the kittens had a hard start in life until they were taken to Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, where they met Peppa the Pug.

Peppa was also a stray and arrived at Battersea in April. Staff at the charity feared she had been used for backstreet breeding, as her body showed signs of having had several litters and she also had mastitis.

Peppa is being fostered by Battersea's canine behaviourist and training advisor, Louise Taylor. When Louise brought the kittens, Conker, Pickle, and Pumpkin — who were only a day old when they were found — into her home for fostering, Peppa decided the tiny trio was her responsibility.

The kittens spend their time snuggled close to protective Peppa in her basket while she washes and takes care of them.

All three kittens have new homes awaiting them when they are old enough to be adopted.

For more information, visit the Battersea website.