UPDATED: Abandoned dogs found exhausted and dehydrated by the side of the road near Rugby

Abandoned dogs found exhausted and dehydrated by the side of a road near Rugby now need a new home.

Cagney and Lacey were found in Barnacle by Rugby Borough Council’s temporary dog warden Bev Tedds.

Dunsmore Kennels.''Pictured:  Aniter Twigger together with Cagney & Lacey.

Dunsmore Kennels.''Pictured: Aniter Twigger together with Cagney & Lacey.

Despite her poor condition, Cagney, a Jack Russell, was lying on top of lurcher Lacey to protect her.

Lacey was just hours from death, exhausted and severely dehydrated. Such was the distance she had walked, the pads on her paws had worn away.

Bev took Cagney and Lacey to Animal House vets, in St Peter’s Road, where both received emergency treatment.

The dogs, which Bev named after the American television crime-fighting duo, were then taken in by Rugby Pawprints, a dog rescue charity.

Since being found in August, both Cagney and Lacey have made a full recovery, and now need a new home.

But after surviving such an ordeal, the dogs have become inseparable and must find a home to share.

Bev said Cagney and Lacey deserved to find a loving home.

“It was a very hot day when I found them, and the vet said Lacey was just hours from death,” Bev added.

“I’m just glad I found the dogs when I did. They’re both so full of life now, and I just hope they find a new home and a loving owner.”

Cagney and Lacey attended the recent event at Caldecott Park where the Dogs Trust offered owners the chance to have pooches microchipped for free.

Around 80 dogs were chipped during the event, which was also attended by the RSPCA, Warwickshire Police’s dangerous dogs officer, and Rugby Pawprints.

Anyone interested in giving Cagney and Lacey a home should contact Rugby Pawprints on 07415 030165.