Puppies were dumped on marsh land in freezing weather.

Residents on Canvey reported the incident at about 8pm last night.

It is understood the pups were left on land off Roscommon Way, Canvey.

Residents created small search parties and rescued two of the animals and took them to Medivet on the island for treatment. 

A number of residents vented their fury at the cruelty on social media.

One said: "That is so sad- poor little puppies."

The Echo contacted the vet for comment.