A young puppy, thought to be an unwanted Christmas present, has been found dumped in a bush at Downham Market.

A passer-by was walking in Bennett Street on Monday when she spotted a pet carrier sticking out of a hedge by the side of the road and then heard a quiet whimper.

Looking closer, she found a 14-week-old, black and white dog inside the cage hidden among the leaves with a note which said: “Please look after me as my owner doesn’t want me anymore.

“I’ll try my best to keep you happy. My name is Snoopi.”

Around Snoopi was a selection of new equipment including a bed, dog food, dog training equipment and a teddy bear.

RSPCA Inspector Jon Knight said: “I can’t quite get my head around how someone could dump this really cute dog in this way.

“On the one hand, they seemed to care due to the note and the careful way all the dog-related goodies had also been left.

“On the other hand, it’s just so callous. He was left hidden by a residential street where he could easily have been ignored or missed and on a very cold night.”

Insp Knight said he had no doubt Snoopi was an unwanted Christmas present and was a perfect example of why people should think before buying pets as presents.

Snoopi is in good health and will now be put up for rehoming.

Call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 with any information.