When plan­ets col­lide...

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Troughton jtroughton@cb­news.es

A lit­ter of five tiny pup­pies and their mum – known as the ‘Planet Po­den­cos’ – are start­ing new lives af­ter be­ing res­cued from a Costa Blanca moun­tain.

The “lit­tle balls of fluff” were cap­tured on a cliff face, saved from rolling off a ledge, and four weeks later are thriv­ing at Javea-based Tanam­era, which spe­cialises in res­cu­ing and re-hom­ing po­den­cos – the Span­ish hunt­ing dog – and grey­hounds.

And their mum Venus is be­ing cared for by an­i­mal char­ity Jalon Val­ley Arc and is to be adopted by Nikki Lang­ford, who first raised the alarm af­ter feed­ing the preg­nant dog and her er­rant beau Nep­tune out­side her home in Al­calali.

Nikki’s prompt ac­tion trig­gered a suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion by Arc and Tanam­era to cap­ture Venus, res­cue her lit­ter, and it is still hoped to bring Nep­tune back into the or­bit of hu­man be­ings.

Jacky and Ar­jan Hazeleger run pri­vately-owned Tanam­era and lent their ex­per­tise with po­den­cos to a res­cue op­er­a­tion af­ter see­ing Nikki’s story on Face­book.

“As al­ways we got in­volved and ad­vised how to catch them; she didn’t suc­ceed in get­ting the mum, who had a lit­ter in the moun­tains,” said Jacky.

“We went up very early one Sun­day morn­ing just to look at them and I sat down with Nikki – Venus came up very close and I man­aged to lasso her – we then won­dered what to do next be­cause we knew she had pup­pies.

“My hus­band Ar­jan climbed up to a ledge on the moun­tain and caught the lit­tle ones, they were about four days old then. They were five beau­ti­ful pup­pies; very cute and were just lit­tle balls of fluff.”

ARC is cur­rently so­cial­is­ing Venus, thought to be aged about four, be­fore her adop­tion by Nikki and her lit­ter is also in safe hands.

“We are fos­ter­ing the pup­pies at Tanam­era and to­gether with Arc we hope to find homes for them – they are do­ing very well with­out mum, peo­ple think it is cruel but it makes it eas­ier to so­cialise them prop­erly.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Spain

© PressReader. All rights reserved.