As demand for dogs for dogs soared during the coronavirus lockdown, so did prices.
The three puppies were found suffering from sarcoptic mange – a parasite that causes intense itching and leads to loss of fur.
It comes only six weeks after home secretary Priti Patel said she was looking at making pet theft a more serious offence.
The singer's dog walker was shot and two of her French bulldogs, Koji and Gustav, were stolen in an incident Wednesday night, according to multiple outlets.
The actress and animal lover also urged fans to adopt from shelters, not breeders, writing, "Don't be an idiot."
Dogs Trust is warning people to think hard about getting a dog during lockdown amid concerns of people abandoning their pets or seeking to rehome them when restrictions are lifted.
TV presenter Davina McCall has thanked her Twitter followers for their help after her dog Bo was found within hours of going missing
Charity pleads for animal-lovers to protect their pets as the UK faces the hottest day of the year so far.
Everything you need to know about what you should do if you see a dog locked in a car, as researchers warn that dogs can get too hot in cars all year round.
Children from dog-owning households were 23% less likely to have difficulties with emotions and social interaction, and 30% less likely to indulge in antisocial behaviour.
Criminals advertise puppies for sale online and prevent customers visiting the animals in person before buying, due to COVID-19 social distancing measures.
Thieves are said to have stolen 22 dogs from Jackson Farm, Tarleton, Lancashire on Thursday morning, killing one puppy as they fled in a getaway vehicle.