Three dogs who were dumped in such bad condition that veterinary staff couldn’t tell what breed they were are now on the mend thanks to generous donations by the public.

The RSPCA launched a special fundraising appeal to help raise cash needed to pay for the long-term treatment Mary, Mel and Sue – names after the now departed Great British Bake Off stars – will need to recover.

The appeal has, so far, raised more than £1,000 which is helping the animal welfare charity cover the costs of caring for the dogs and nursing.

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London veterinary director Caroline Allen said: “Mary, Mel and Sue are making good progress, like their famous namesakes, they’ve had some complications to deal with over the past few weeks. They have stayed cheerful and will be moving to another RSPCA site to continue their recuperation.

“Treatment is going well, their hair is starting to grown back and they are much less smelly which is good for staff here at the hospital!

“We’re sure these lovely little dogs will make full recoveries and, once they’re fit and healthy, they’ll be on the look-out for loving new homes.

“But they’ve got a long road ahead of them before they’re ready to start their new lives so they’ll be with us a while longer as we treat the nasty demodex. This is lengthy and costly treatment so we launched a special appeal when this trio came into us and we’d like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful supporters who have donated towards their care – we couldn’t do what we do without them.”

The dogs – thought to terrier-crossed around two-years-old – were found crammed into a tiny pet carrier and dumped on a woman’s front doorstep in Fyfield Road, Walthamstow, on 28 August.

RSPCA inspector Mitchell Smith attended to collect the wet, filthy and foul-smelling dogs and rushed them to the charity’s Harmsworth Hospital where they have been receiving treatment ever since.

They were in such bad condition with an awful case of demodex (a skin mite) that staff couldn’t even tell what breed they were when they first came in.

Inspector Smith continues to investigate what happened to these dogs, saying: “Anyone with any information about how these three dogs came to end up in such a state, or who thinks they know where they have come from, can call the RSPCA’s appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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