Puppy farm vic­tims need new homes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A12-WEEK-OLD Shih Tzu puppy came to the RSPCA Hilling­don branch a few days ago af­ter be­ing bought from a well-known on­line sell­ing site and was ‘de­liv­ered’ in an ap­palling con­di­tion.

He looked noth­ing like the adorable lit­tle bun­dle of fluff ad­ver­tised.

Faced with threats of violence, the buyer paid the money and ac­cepted the dog, but just could not cope with the dread­ful state or smell of this poor puppy!

Lit­tle Dob­bie has spent sev­eral days hos­pi­talised, while re­ceiv­ing ve­teri­nary care, and is now be­ing fos­tered by one of our staff.

Our re­cent ap­peal for homes for our lovely Westie pup­pies has brought a huge re­sponse, for which we are very grate­ful.

Happy, healthy pup­pies are a joy but please also spare a thought for the huge num­ber like Dob­bie who have a very dif­fer­ent start in life and, sadly, in some cases, no fu­ture to look for­ward to due to in­sur­mount­able health is­sues caused by to­tally ir­re­spon­si­ble breed­ing, aw­ful liv­ing con­di­tions and lack of ad­e­quate on­go­ing care.

The peo­ple re­spon­si­ble are mo­ti­vated purely by fi­nan­cial gain with­out any re­gard for the wel­fare of the an­i­mals in­volved.

Sadly, we prob­a­bly will not be in­un­dated with of­fers of homes for Dob­bie, who doesn’t look like one of the cute Westie pup­pies that ev­ery­one wants to take home.

But we will give him all the love and TLC he needs and ul­ti­mately find him the home he so de­serves.

Do not be­come a vic­tim of the shame­ful puppy trade by buy­ing reck­lessly.

For more in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice, please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/ ad­vice­andwel­fare/pets/dogs/puppy/-/ar­ti­cleName/CAD_Buy­ing_a_puppy.

Five-year-old Vin­nie came to us in Au­gust af­ter be­ing res­cued from a puppy farm where he was in a poor con­di­tion.

He is a won­der­ful boy who loves peo­ple and other dogs. He can be quite strong on the lead, but hey-ho that’s a lab, and he is about as soppy as they come.

He adores his cud­dly toys and car­ries his favourite teddy around for hours. He knows ba­sic com­mands and has good re­call. Vin­nie is likely to need low-level steroids for the fore­see­able fu­ture and there­fore is look­ing for a spe­cial home.

We are will­ing to cover his steroids costs there­fore a lo­cal home is es­sen­tial.

Can you make Vin­nie’s Christ­mas wish come true? Call 01895 833 417.

To keep on car­ing in our lo­cal com­mu­nity and help­ing nearly 12,000 an­i­mals a year we ur­gently need funds.

We have re­cently launched our Xmas Ap­peal which you can check out on our web­site with meth­ods of do­nat­ing, or maybe you could help dis­trib­ute some fly­ers for us.

Our Hilling­don char­ity shops are open­ing ev­ery Sun­day through De­cem­ber.

On De­cem­ber 16, come and join us for carols out­side the clinic at 16 Cres­cent Pa­rade from 5pm to 7pm.

n RE­COV­ER­ING: Vin­nie (left) and Dob­bie were both found in poor con­di­tion

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