A GREAT Harwood couple got more than they bargained for when they popped out for a drink with friends.
Whhen they returned they found seven puppies dumped in their back yard.
Marie Durkin and her partner Lee Hudson of St Hubert’s Road, Great Harwood, discovered the four female and three male pups huddled together in their back yard shortly after 12.30pm on Wednesday.
It is believed the Border Collie and Rotweiller cross puppies are around seven weeks old.
Mr Hudson, 30, said: "We came home and they were just there in the back yard. I just couldn’t believe it. I think it’s fair to say it’s not what you expect to find when you come home.
"They weren’t in a container or anything, they were just loose. One of them was even running around the back yard. I had a look in the bins to make sure no-one had put any more in there."
Miss Durkin, 34, said: "They are really lovely and we could tell they weren’t that old."
Dog warden Steve Woods who was called out to the scene, said: "Dogs have litters and the owners don’t know what to do with them and they just abandon them. But how could anyone dump dogs like this?
"At the moment they are at the stage where they still need their mum so we have been looking after them. But soon they will become more active and will be ready for re-homing. "
The dogs have now been taken to the Aspen Valley Kennels in Oswaldtwistle where they are being cared for.
It is hoped good homes can be found for them in the next few weeks.