Cou­ple over­joyed with aban­doned puppy Peggy

DOG IS NOW ‘SO HAPPY’ AF­TER SHE WAS FOUND LEFT FOR DEAD IN A LAYBY

Burton Mail - - News - By BETH PRIDDING bethany.pridding@reach­plc.com @beth­prid­ding

THE new own­ers of aban­doned puppy Peggy have said they can­not imag­ine how any­one could have dumped the adorable dog.

Peggy, who is thought to be a Ti­betan ter­rier cross­breed, was found left for dead in a layby on the A38 near Al­re­was by a pass­ing mo­torist in June. The ter­ri­fied and sick pup was shak­ing and trau­ma­tised, she said.

Her coat was so mat­ted she was thought to be an el­derly dog, and RSPCA staff in Stret­ton were stunned af­ter she was ex­am­ined and they found she was in fact only one.

New own­ers Char­lotte and Rus­sell Led­dra-Graham, from Lich­field, were not put off by Peggy’s poor start in life or that they would need bags of pa­tience with the timid dog. They have told the Bur­ton Mail that they are so happy to have adopted her and that she has made them so happy.

Char­lotte, who works as driv­ing in­struc­tor, said: “It’s been a whirl­wind since we got Peggy.

“We lost our dog at the start of Septem­ber and we just felt lonely and empty.

“It was com­pletely by chance that we met Peggy. We were shop­ping in Bur­ton and I sug­gested to Rus­sell that we could go and have a look at what an­i­mals they had at the RSPCA at Stret­ton.

“We saw Peggy and she was just every­thing we wanted. They told us about her con­di­tion but it didn’t put us off. I think there had been around five other peo­ple who had asked about Peggy but when they found out about (her con­di­tion) they all backed out. It’s so sad.

“But we were de­ter­mined to give her every­thing she needs and now she’s so happy and she’s made us so happy.”

The dog was named Peggy by RSPCA staff af­ter the leg­endary TV bar­maid Peggy Mitchell from EastEnders played by Bar­bara Wind­sor.

They picked the name be­cause the ter­ri­fied pooch would only re­spond to one of the RSPCA staff ’s dogs called Frank at first. She was too fright­ened to move but grad­u­ally she started to re­spond when Frank was around.

Frank Butcher was Peggy’s on-screen hus­band in the top BBC soap opera and was played by Mike Reid and prompted the name choice for Peggy, said staff.

Peggy had no mi­crochip or col­lar and it was clear to staff from the RSPCA that she had been aban­doned. She also had an ec­topic ureter, a rare con­di­tion mean­ing she was un­able to uri­nate nat­u­rally.

Peggy de­fied the odds and an op­er­a­tion to sort her con­di­tion was a suc­cess.

Her or­deal is now be­hind her, though, as she has now been adopted by a cou­ple who have told how they fell in love with Peggy the sec­ond they saw her.

Char­lotte said Peggy loves to play with other dogs and reg­u­larly meets up with her sis­ter’s pooch, Ol­lie, a springer spaniel.

The dogs love to play with each other and will often run around for hours when they see each other, said Char­lotte.

She said: “She’s ab­so­lutely gor­geous. I just don’t un­der­stand how any­one could not want her.

“All she wants to do all day is give us love. She loves her cud­dles and would spend all day cud­dled up on my lap if I would let her.

“We’re so glad we’ve got her she’s cer­tainly keep­ing us busy.

Susie O’Neill from the RSPCA said: “Sadly, the RSPCA does see lots of aban­doned and dumped an­i­mals ev­ery day. Dump­ing an an­i­mal is never the an­swer, there is help out there if you are strug­gling. Please reach out to friends and fam­ily, con­tact your lo­cal vets or a lo­cal an­i­mal char­ity. If you are con­cerned for the wel­fare of an an­i­mal the RSPCA is avail­able 24 hours a day on 0300 123 4999.”

RSPCA

Peggy, who was found on a layby near the A38 at Al­re­was, was taken in by the RSPCA in Bur­ton

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