Ken­nels is full with dumped pets

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Haven Board­ing Ken­nels says it is full with dogs that have been dumped or aban­doned.

At one point this week, the ken­nels at Laws Lane, Mer­sham, which re­ceives dogs picked up by Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil dog war­dens, had 17 an­i­mals in its care.

Man­ager Tina Miles said: “We have had a bad cou­ple of weeks with strays at the mo­ment. We have six Jack Rus­sells, four lurchers and four staffies. We are un­sure what is go­ing on with th­ese dog as some of them are well looked af­ter.”

The ken­nels have Jack Rus­sell ter­ri­ers from the age of six months to 10 years old, both males and fe­males.

They would also like to find a home for Ri­ley, pic­tured, a staffie-labrador cross, who is about two years old and loves dogs and peo­ple.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 01233 720384. Fam­i­lies look­ing for a new ad­di­tion are asked to con­sider two-year-old Ron­nie, who is in des­per­ate need of a new home af­ter a bad bite from an­other dog meant hav­ing his toe am­pu­tated.

Af­fec­tion­ate Ron­nie, a labrador and Ger­man shep­herd cross, is be­ing looked af­ter in Ash­ford by hus­band and wife, Su­san and Ian Park, on be­half of char­ity Labrador Res­cue.

The cou­ple, from Ken­ning­ton, de­cided to foster an­i­mals af­ter re­cently los­ing their 13-year-old labrador Tess.

Mrs Parks said: “We’ve al­ways had a dog but our Tess died in March and we were heart­bro­ken. It felt a lit­tle soon to get an­other dog, so we looked into fos­ter­ing.

“Ron­nie is such a gor­geous thing and he loves hav­ing his tummy rubbed.

“How­ever, he doesn’t like our rab­bits too much, oth­er­wise we would keep him.”

Ron­nie was orig­i­nally found stray­ing in Ire­land but was brought over to the UK to be looked af­ter by Labrador Res­cue.

He has been stay­ing with the Parks for the past three months whilst he has re­cov­ered from an op­er­a­tion on his front right paw.

While stay­ing at the Green Lane Farm Board­ing Ken­nels, in Sur­rey, Ron­nie was bit­ten by an­other dog through the bars of his ken­nel. The ken­nel’s vet sta- pled and ban­daged the wound.

Af­ter the in­ci­dent, Ron­nie was brought to Ash­ford to stay with the Parks. They took him to the Eureka Ve­teri­nary Cen­tre in Ken­ning­ton, who quickly re­alised that his paw was in­fected.

It was de­cided that his best op­tion was to am­pu­tate his toe to re­move the whole in­fected area and pre­vent gan­grene.

‘Ron­nie is such a gor­geous thing, how­ever, he doesn’t like our rab­bits too much, oth­er­wise we would keep him’

Vet Karolina Iskra said: “The mo­ment he woke up from the anaes­the­sia he was much hap­pier and things pro­gressed very quickly af­ter that and he was rapidly walk­ing with no pain.

“Thanks to Mr and Mrs Park’s hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion and loving care Ron­nie is back to nor­mal, pain-free and is not miss­ing his toe or the ban­dages.

“Through­out his or­deal Ron­nie re­mained a happy go lucky chappy and was al­ways a plea­sure to see. All he ever wanted was a big belly rub.”

Ron­nie is now look­ing for a for­ever home – he is great with chil­dren and would suit a fam­ily home.

Con­tact Sue Birm­ing­ham, from Labrador Res­cue, on 0208 4081214 if you feel you could of­fer him a suit­able home An Ash­ford girl got the chance to re­alise ev­ery foot­baller’s dream by get­ting her hands on the FA Cup.

It hap­pened when Jenna Bourne, 12, was among 100 young­sters from across the UK in­vited to visit the new St Ge­orge’s Park national football cen­tre in Stafford­shire for the Beko Ul­ti­mate Football Ex­pe­ri­ence, hosted by Jamie Red­knapp.

Jenna was among five chil­dren from Kent who took part in the trip with their fam­i­lies.

They se­cured their places on the day in a com­pe­ti­tion for six to 15-year-olds run by Beko, the of­fi­cial home ap­pli­ance part­ner of the FA Cup.

Jenna and the oth­ers ex­pe­ri­enced a host of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a train­ing ses­sion with Beko ambassador and for­mer Spurs star Jamie Red­knapp, an ex­clu­sive be­hind-the-scenes tour of St Ge­orge’s Park and ac­cess to an FA per­for­mance coach.

Ri­ley, a staffie-labrador cross needs a home

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