February 10, 2009 12:45 PM

A potentially deadly situation resulted in a happy ending this week, thanks to one brave stranger in England. While out for a walk in Newbold, Rochdale, Melanie Johnson came upon a group of children – teen and pre-teens – slowly roasting two 7-week-old pups over a bonfire. The brother and sister dogs – still alive – were crying out in pain as their fur began to burn. Johnson ran toward the group and commanded they turn over the puppies, then brought them to her home and wrapped them in a blanket before bringing them to a local RSPCA shelter. The mixed-breed pooches were examined, and found to be healthy minus some singed fur on one pup and a small hernia on the other.

Jean Spencer, shelter manager, told the Daily Mail, “To think that children could be so cruel is really disgusting. The puppies are absolutely gorgeous. Everyone here has fallen in love with them.” Now named Guy and Cinders, the siblings are at an adoption center in Halifax waiting for loving homes. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

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