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Premier League ace Allan Saint-Maximin has been slammed for letting his dogs escape and roam the streets.
The pair were rescued by two university students, who said they had to look after the Newcastle star’s pets for almost two hours.
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home said: “It’s concerning that these dogs were found in a park with no owner in sight.”
The students claim Saint-Maximin, 24, who reportedly earns £70,000-a-week, eventually rolled up in his Bentley and did not even thank them.
One said: “He called out the dogs’ names and they ran in the side door on to the back seats.
“I was like, ‘Yo mate, you’re welcome for finding your dogs. Are you not concerned where they’ve been?’ He didn’t say anything.
“He just put them in the car and sped off. If I’d lost two of my dogs I would’ve been so thankful. He just shrugged it off – we thought it was a bit weird.”
The animals were found wandering around the green of St George’s Church in the Newcastle suburb of Jesmond. Saint-Maximin lives nearby in a £1.7million mansion.
The star used to post videos playing football with his pooches. In one clip from last March he can be seen kicking the ball around with an American Staffordshire terrier with a distinctive back marking. The students said it was the same dog they found, along with a Staffordshire bull terrier.
The student, who did not wish to be named, added: “One tried to eat out of this bin. Both were really happy to have human contact.”
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A Newcastle United source said that Saint-Maximin looks after his dogs attentively and that they had escaped.
The Battersea spokesman added: “We’d advise all owners to ensure their pets are microchipped in case they ever get separated.”
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