Wednesday, August 29

Happy tail

The NCAR stand at the show

On the 16th August the NCAR trailer visited the Flint & Denbigh County Show. We took two dogs with us, both dogs had only recently signed over to us.

Will, an 8 yr old collie cross spaniel was rescued as he was going to be put to sleep because of a change in the circumstances of his owners. Sam, an eight month old whippet cross who's owners could no longer give him the home he deserved signed him over to the rescue in the hope that he would find another loving home.
Sam with Nicky
at the show

Both dogs were a big hit at the show and attracted a lot of admiring looks and a lot of affection, both dogs got on well together and were very well behaved.

Both dogs have now found a new loving home, together, which is great news, a family came to the rescue and fell in love with Will, they also wanted a second dog, one that got on with Will and who better than Sam. Once both dogs had been introduced to the family and they saw how well they got on with each other it was obvious that this was a winning combination.

Following a home check, both dogs were picked up and are now enjoying a great life with their new family, no doubt being spoilt rotten.

So this is a very happy and fitting ending to a partnership that started at the show, fortunately neither dog spent much time at the rescue before finding their new home and it is a bonus that they will enjoy life together.

Micro-chipping Event at Colwyn Bay

Dog being 'chipped'

We will be having a micro-chipping event at our charity shop in Colwyn Bay between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 1st September.

Have your dogs or cats micro-chipped as you browse the many items for sale in our charity shop, you can support the charity and ensure your pets get returned to you should you ever loose them at the same time. 

We will be doing the micro-chipping for only £10 per pet

And if you are wondering how a micro-chip works, well it's a sophisticated electronic device which has been pre-programmed with a unique number, it is implanted in to your pet via a small injection, very similar to that of a vaccination. 
Your pet's unique MicroChip identification number is registered on the UK Database alongside your contact details. 
As your pet's MicroChip contains no battery it is read using a special scanner, which powers the MicroChip allowing it to send a signal back to the scanner. This is then displayed as a number on the screen of the scanner.

And how big is it? Well slightly bigger than a grain of rice, we can show you one when you visit to get your pet chipped.

With the possibility of microchipping becoming compulsory why not get it done now and ensure your pets get returned to you should they get lost or stolen. So why not visit us and get your pets micro-chipped

MicroChipping your pet is a simple procedure that will stay with your pet for life! 

The charity shop is situated at 23 Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, LL29 7RS

Click here to find us

Sunday, August 26

Summer Fair at Jollyes Flint

On Sunday 2nd September Jollyes have invited us to their Summer Fair at the Flint store.

Visitors to the store will be able to enjoy a wide range of in-store activities commencing at 10:00am including:
  • Pet Microchipping (Only £10.00per animal)
  • Nutritional Advice by Eukanuba (plus money off vouchers)
  • Dog Training and Advice
  • Children’s Face Painting (minimal charge for this activity)
  • ‘Meet and Greet’ a Guide Dog
  • Craft Fair and Car Boot Sale
NCAR will be there micro-chipping, so why not visit us in our orange trailer and have your dogs and cats micro-chipped for only £10 each to ensure your pets get returned to you should they get lost or stolen.

For directions - click here

Friday, August 24

Man arrested as dogs die in car

Man arrested after labradors die in hot car at Folly Farm

A man has been arrested after three dogs died after being left in a hot car at a Pembrokeshire tourist attraction.
The three labradors were found dead in the vehicle at the animal petting park Folly Farm, Kilgetty, by the owners.
The incident happened on Tuesday 14 August and a Dyfed-Powys Police spokesman said a 50-year-old man has been bailed.
Chris Ebsworth, managing director at Folly Farm, said the incident was "tragic".
The RSPCA said in a statement: "Officers attended and recovered the bodies of the three dogs.
"A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing animal suffering/cruelty and has been bailed pending further enquiries."
Mr Ebsworth said: "This is a very tragic situation and serves as an important reminder as to why you should never leave dogs unattended in a car."
A Dyfed Powys Police spokesperson said a 50 year old man was arrested on suspicion of causing animal suffering and cruelty and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Tuesday, August 21

Change in Law in relation to Dangerous Dogs

Owners of dangerous dogs in England and Wales now face tougher sentences under new Sentencing Council guidelines.
The new advice for judges and magistrates aims to encourage the courts to use harsher sentences when dealing with offenders.
The body says more offenders will face jail sentences, more will get community orders and fewer will get discharges.
Official figures show that there has been a rise in the number of people sentenced for dangerous dog offences.
In December 2011, the council proposed in a consultation that judges should consider a community order as the starting point for sentencing people who allow a dangerous dog to injure someone.
But under new guidelines announced in May and which have now come into force, the offence will now have a starting point of six months in jail - and, where appropriate, judges should consider up to 18 months.
The top of the sentencing range for possession of a prohibited dog has been set at six months custody.
Where someone deliberately sets a dog on another person intending to injure them, the offender is likely to be charged with assault, the council said.
The council said the new ranges marked an increase in sentencing levels from current practice.
Trevor Cooper, legal consultant for the Dogs Trust, said: "These new guidelines will encourage courts to focus on the key factors of culpability of the owner and the amount of harm to the victim.
"This tougher approach should serve as a stiff reminder to dog owners to keep their pets under proper control and to behave responsibly."
The Sentencing Council issues guidelines to help courts across England and Wales to punish offences more consistently, within the ranges set out by Parliament.
The guidelines also help courts make the best use of their powers so that irresponsible owners who put the public at risk can be banned from keeping dogs, genuinely dangerous dogs can be put down and compensation can be paid to victims.
Offenders jailed
The council has broadened the definition of vulnerable victims so that it applies not only to children but to others such the elderly, disabled and blind or visually impaired people.
The guidelines have also been extended to include injuries to other animals as an aggravating factor in the offence of allowing a dog to be out of control and causing injury.
Anne Arnold, district judge and member of the Sentencing Council, said: "Most dog owners are responsible and take good care of their pets, but we've seen more and more cases coming before the courts of owners who have put the public at risk or let their dog cause injuries - sometimes very serious - to people.
"As a result, this new sentencing guideline encourages courts to use their full powers when dealing with offenders so that they are jailed where appropriate."
Peter Chapman, Chairman of the Magistrates' Association Sentencing Committee said: "For the first time magistrates will have all they need in one document to help them sentence the offender, disqualify him from future dog ownership if appropriate, order compensation to the victim and order destruction of the dog if necessary."

Thursday, August 16

Nominated for an Award

North Clwyd Animal Rescue nominated for team of the year award

We have have been nominated for a ScottishPower Trinity Mirror Your Champions Award, the news was reported in the Flintshire Chronicle today.

North Clwyd Animal Rescue (NCAR) in Trelogan near Holywell was put forward for the team of the year prize by Sabina Dunkling of Buckley.
On her nomination form Sabina said that the centre – which was set up by Anne Owen in 1978 – does a brilliant job looking after animals which need help.
She said: “They do an amazing job taking in unwanted and neglected animals as well as stray dogs and they don’t put healthy animals down. They have been left to mop up after the issues caused by the recession as well as back yard breeders and people who think they can just throw away animals.”
She also mentioned that the charity has had a tough summer as some fundraising events have had to be cancelled because of bad weather.
NCAR receives no state funding to keep providing its service and relies on voluntary donations and fundraising. It costs more than £800 a day to keep the charity running.
Nicky Owen, the media relations manager told the paper “North Clwyd Animal Rescue feel very privileged to be nominated for the ScottishPower Trinity Mirror Your Champions Award. We are so grateful for all the support that we receive and being nominated for an award just makes us more determined to continue the very special and important work at NCAR.
“Our animals are the true heroes, it continues to be an upward struggle everyday but the love and affection from the animals and the kind dedication from our volunteers, staff and supporters makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for your nomination.”

Good Day at Flint & Denbigh Show

NCAR Trailer at the Show
NCAR had a good day at the 150th Anniversary of the Flint & Denbigh Show with a lot of people visiting the orange trailer as well as some former residents who paid us a call.

We had with us 2 of our dogs who are up for adoption, they proved to be great hits with those visiting both young and old alike. 

Hopefully they will both find homes in the very near future. 
Nicky with Sam

All our dogs can be seen on the NCAR Website, why not visit? You never know what you might find there!

Wednesday, August 15

NCAR at the Flint & Denbigh County Show


The NCAR trailer and staff will be at the Flint and Denbigh County Show tomorrorw, Thursday 16th August.

We will be doing Micro-chipping at the event so if you need tour pet chipped why not call and see us. Peace of mind for only £10. We will also have some of our past residents visiting with their new families.

The main attraction is the dancing diggers
Main attraction - The Dancing Diggers

Monday, August 13

New leash of life for puppy who fell three floors

A dog that had his front legs amputated after plummeting three floors from a building has received a new leash of life after learning to walk with just two legs.

Pit bull puppy London shattered his front legs when he fell from a window and crashed onto the hard tarmac below, also burning on his paws and stomach on the hot surface.

He was left untreated by his previous owners for a month, meaning surgery to align his bones was now too difficult and there would be a higher risk of complications.

Walkies: London had his front legs amputated after plummeting three floors from a building
Walkies: London had his front legs amputated after plummeting three floors from a building

After arriving at the Humane Society of Del Norte in California, they cared for the six-month-old for a month before deciding he needed more specialist care.

So they called Amanda Giese, founder and president of non-profit rescue home Panda Paws, which assists medically needy, abused or dogs previously deemed 'unadoptable'.

Along with vets it was agreed London, named after the 2012 Olympics because of his perseverance, should have his front legs amputated and be fitted with an all-terrain front wheelchair.
But before he can be fitted with the wheelchair while his stitches heal, he has taught himself to survive on just two legs.

Unfortunately, this causes considerable strain to his back so he will still need the wheelchair to reduce the pain.

However the costs are expensive and Amanda, from Vancouver, Washington, is hoping people will assist Panda Paws in covering the $3,000 (£1,900) bill for his care.

London also burnt his paws and stomach on the hot surface. He was left untreated by his previous owners for a month
London also burnt his paws and stomach on the hot surface. He was left untreated by his previous owners for a month
Dr Brandon Sherman places a sterile wrap on London's foreleg during the operation
Dr Brandon Sherman places a sterile wrap on London's foreleg during the operation
After arriving at the Humane Society of Del Norte in California, the six-month-old was looked after for a month before it was decided he needed more specialist care

After arriving at the Humane Society of Del Norte in California, the six-month-old was looked after for a month before it was decided he needed more specialist care
She said: 'When he fell he was pretty much stuck where he was until he eventually learned how to navigate around.

'He clearly had been left on hot concrete or pavement as the bottom of his paws were covered in burns.

'But as soon as I gave him treats, took him out onto the grass, he instantly lit up. He knew at that point there was a different journey for him - he wasn't going back to a place where he was in pain.

'Radiographs revealed his front legs were severely fractured and shattered. He was left unable to walk but has adapted to having front legs that no longer support his body.

'He gets around by scooting his body using his hind legs and if he needs to steady himself he uses his face as a frontal tri-pod support.

'He plays, he's happy, he enjoys rolling in the grass just as any able-body canine would on these hot summer days.

'After his surgery he's now on a two-week recovery period and will start swim therapy and ball therapy to improve his strength and relieve the strain on his back.

'To us, he's our little gold medallist. We knew he was definitely a winner, definitely going to succeed.

'Much like an athlete his perseverance is captivating so we're all now known as Team London.'
Despite London learning how to move around his injuries, vets determined amputating his two front legs and fitting a wheelchair would be the best option for his long-term health.

Dr Brandon Sherman, of Animal Care Clinic in Vancouver, donated half the costs of surgery but said London could have kept his legs if his injuries had been taken care of right away.

He said: 'This was a good option for London - he's got a good chance of having a good quality of life.

'He's going to make a great pet for somebody who's willing and able to care for his needs.'
Pet photographer Carli Davidson photographed the surgery and will be following London's recovery for the next month.

He should then be able to go up for adoption to a very loving home once his recovery period is over

Happy Ending after so much neglect

Just thought I would let everyone know that Carla has found a fantastic new home and has now been adopted.

Having fun can be soooo exhausting
She is such a fabulous dog and a typical staffie, she has tugged so many heartstrings since she was brought into the rescue nearly two weeks ago.  Staff and volunteers here at NCAR, as well as the staff at the vets, all fell in love with her, I mean who could not fall for such a cute face.

She has found a fantastic new home with a family who have 3 children and a little yorkie cross, who all love her dearly. She has the opportunity to play with the children and her new best friend (the little yorkie) and she is taking full advantage of it, lapping up the love she is getting and returning it 10 fold. She now has a new life which must be so different to what she previously had. 

I'm sure her new family will bring her up to the rescue to our Dog Show and Pet Pamper Day in September so we can all see her.

The difference in her is immense and in such a short space of time, she has tripled her body weight and had her life transformed in only 10 days.

The day she came in
Just as a reminder, this is what rescue staff first saw when she came in, a neglected, starved, dehydrated and terrified little dog.

We wish her and her new loving family all the very best, she will make a very loving addition to their family I'm sure.

Friday, August 10

GB boxing ace pays for her dog to see her bouts

Our Olympic Medallists, according to London Spy on the Eurosport Blog, love their animals, so not only do they 'inspire a generation' they they really love their animals too. London Spy carried this story:

GB boxing ace paid for her dog to watch Olympics at kennel

Britain's Nicola Adams reacts as she is declared the winner over China's Ren Cancan during their Women's Fly (51kg) …

British gold-medal winners love their dogs and want them to share the Olympic spirit.
Days after Andy Murray festooned his two border terriers, Maggie May and Rusty, with his gold and silver medals, it was learned that British boxer Nicola Adams paid for her dog, Dexter, to watch her Olympic bouts while he was boarded at a kennel.
The Morley Observer and Advertiser reports Adams paid a small fee so the Doberman would be able to view her event. The manager at MyPetShop said that while it's not uncommon for owners to pay for little amenities for their dog, it's never been quite like this.
"This will certainly be a first where the dog can watch their owner - especially in the Olympics - so I'm sure Dexter will be excited," Sheli Dobbie told the paper.
Adams won her flyweight event on Thursday, becoming the first woman to ever win a gold in the new Olympic sport.
Boarded in Leeds, Dexter was able to watch live on the BBC and he celebrated by taking a nap and barking at a nearby Pomeranian

From skin and bone to going home

Carla last Thursday
Who would have thought that when this poor starved, frightened little dog, that was less than a quarter of the weight she should be for her age, would be bouncing around and finally enjoying life only a week later.

When Carla came in she was one of the worst cases of neglect that the Rescue had ever seen, she was a pitiful sight. She had been subject to unbelievable neglect by her human owner or owners, she was in this state because of what humans had done to her. Yet when she arrived at the vet last week, just before she was taken away by the vet she showed affection for the staff member that had carried her on their knee and reassured her on the journey, she licked his hand and face.This was possibly the first time she had felt some love from a human.
  She needed a lot of one-to-one attention initially but within 72 hours of being found she had more than doubled her weight. 

Carla has continued to make progress, the veterinary nurse that looked after her took her home to get used to other dogs and home life to prepare her for her new home when one was found. The nurse, Sian, has done a fantastic job and Carla is now 3 times heavier than she was one week ago, not only that she has really changed massively in this period. She has interacted with other dogs and cats. 

Last Saturday when new she met
Sian told us "She's grown in confidence and doesn't hide behind my legs any more, she has been out on short walks with my other dogs, she's slowly learning how to play and what a ball is for"
Sitting proud

Carla is very much a success story and shows that with a lot of love and care what can be done in a very short time, even when they are as bad as she was.Of one thing we can be certain, life's good and getting better for this little girl, she will soon be in her forever home, in the last week she has learnt what love is. The love that the new adopters give her will be re-paid one hundred fold and she will be a fantastic dog. The awful start she had is over, a new and happy chapter begins.....

Resting and looking great, no ribs showing now!

View the latest video of Carla published on Facebook 

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Thursday, August 9

Photographer Captures Tender Moment Between Man And His Sick Dog

They say a dog is a man's best friend, but to John Unger, a Wisconsin resident, his dog, Schoep, means everything.
Unger adopted Schoep, named after the famous Wisconsin ice cream, when he was just a puppy, and the two have been together ever since. Now, at 19-years-old, Schoep has arthritis and has trouble sleeping, the Pioneer Press reports. Unger found that water is therapeutic for his pained buddy, so he takes Schoep into Lake Superior and lulls him to sleep.
Photographer Hannah Stonehouse Hudson, owner of Stonehouse Photography and a friend of Unger's, decided to capture the relationship between the man and his dog down by the water.
"This photo was from a last minute session," the Bayfield, Wis., photographer told The Huffington Post in an email. "We had been trying to get together for weeks, but it kept not happening because of my travel schedule for Stonehouse. We finally got together last Tuesday (the 31st). I had about 5 minutes to shoot and this is what I caught -- a man and his dog. John loving his Schoep, and Schoep trusting John so much he falls asleep in the buoyancy of the water. This is in no way posed - I hate posed photos - they never, ever capture the true essence of anything."
Stonehouse Hudson decided to post the photo to Facebook, where she described the pair's loving relationship.
"This 19 year old Shep being cradled in his father's arms last night in Lake Superior," she wrote in the Facebook post, which has received more than 207,000 likes and 116,000 shares as of Wednesday morning.
"Shep falls asleep every night when he is carried into the lake. The buoyancy of the water soothes his arthritic bones. Lake Superior is very warm right now, so the temp of the water is perfect. I was so happy I got to capture this moment for John. By the way, John rescued Shep as an 8 month old puppy, and he's been by his side through many adventures," she continued.
Stonehouse Hudson never imagined the tender moment she capturedwould eventually go viral and touch the hearts of hundreds of thousands.
"John lives for this dog, and for the dog's comfort," she told HuffPost. "My mother has a saying, 'Everything is for the comfort and convenience of the Dog.' John is a prime example of this."
Stonehouse Hudson regularly photographs dogs as part of her profession. She offers pet sessions and often takes pictures of dogs at weddings. To give back, she does free shoots of hard-to-place animals for local shelters.
She said the photograph of Unger and Schoep is more than just a moment frozen in time; it's an everlasting reminder.
"I want people to identify with this photo, and remember a time when they felt safe, loved, and cared for," Stonehouse Hudson said. "Then I want them to channel those feelings and pay it forward! There is way too much negativity in this world - maybe with this one photo we can start to change things just a tiny bit."

Wednesday, August 8

Parachute for Rescue

Behind every successful Rescue are their supporters, those people that will do anything to help and raise funds to keep the Rescue continuing with its valuable work. Like any other Charity NCAR depends heavily on its supporters and volunteers.

Well in two days time on Friday 10th August 2012 one such supporter, Stephanie Marshall, is throwing herself out of an aeroplane just to raise money for us.

Steph's dog Lilly 
Steph has adopted a very cute Spaniel Cross called Lilly from NCAR, although she had planned the parachute jump before she adopted Lilly.

Her target is £450 and with 2 days to go she is £102 short of that target so if anyone wants to help Steph reach her target to benefit the Rescue you can visit her JustGiving page.

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Pets Abandoned as Owners go on Holiday

It is hard to believe but this is actually happening, that the pets that share your life and are part of the family get abandoned for the duration of the family holiday. Surely this is something that is the work of fiction? Regrettably not.

The Flintshire Leader carried the following headline yesterday (7th August 2012)

SELFISH pet owners in Flintshire are disowning their animals to go off on holiday.

They reported how Rescue centres have reported people pretending their own pets are strays to avoid boarding bills.

Capricorn Animal Rescue said: “It’s holiday season and people are dumping their animals instead of putting them into board because it’s just another expense to add to their trip. Some people are bringing them in as found strays hoping to pick them up after their holiday so they don’t have to pay for kennels or catteries. It’s unbelievable.”

Here at North Clwyd Animal Rescue in Holywell, Nicky Owen told the paper: “A lot of people call us and say they can’t cope with their animals so they go on a waiting list to come in to us. It’s about a three-month wait at the moment. But then we find the animals come in as strays then a few weeks later the same people come back and say, ‘Oh, you’ve found our dog, it ran away before we went on holiday.’ The lack of responsibility is unbelievable.”

The RSPCA website clearly states that: “It is a criminal offence to leave any animal without making proper arrangements for their welfare.”

They also carried the story of poor Carla, who incidentally is doing well
Clearly Carla was not abandoned because someone went on holiday, unless it was a round the world cruise, she was the subject of prolonged neglect.

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Who's a brainy boy then? Parrots are 'cleverer than two-year-old kids'

No other animals apart from great apes match the birds' ability to understand noise-related causal connections, say scientists

African grey parrots not only learn to talk, but outperform human two-year-olds in a test of intelligent reasoning.
No other animals apart from great apes match the birds' ability to understand noise-related causal connections, say scientists.
Human children only do as well as the parrots from about the age of three.
Researchers tested six African greys housed in a parrot rescue centre in Vienna, Austria.
During a series of experiments, the birds were asked to choose between two closed boxes, one of which held a piece of walnut and rattled when shaken.
The other, empty container, could be shaken without making a noise.
The parrots showed they knew how to detect hidden food rattling in a shaken box.
But much more impressively they also worked out - almost instantly - that if a box was shaken and made no noise, the food must be in the other container.
Choices were made by a parrot walking over to a box and turning it over with its beak.
In similar tests, most animals - and even small children - get confused about the way shaking and noise relate to the presence or absence of a hidden reward.
The scientists, led by Dr Christian Schloegl, from the University of Vienna, wrote in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences: "We found compelling evidence for the ability of African grey parrots to use noise created during the shaking of containers to detect hidden food.
"Even from the very first trial, our subjects could also use the absence of noise in a shaken container to infer that food must be in the other, non-shaken container."
"Such behaviour has so far been shown only in the great apes, but not in any other non-human animal."
They added: "Human children solve this task from an age of three to four years, and the birds' success rate was comparable to those of the three-year-olds.
"The parrots' near-perfect first-trial performances as well as the results of our control experiments suggest that an understanding of the causal properties underlying the task is the most likely explanation for the birds' performance."
The parrots could not be tricked by playing them recorded sounds of a box rattling, said the researchers. If a box was not shaken at the same time, it was ignored.
It was "remarkable" that the African grey parrots, which were not used to taking part in studies, were able to out-perform highly experienced monkeys, the scientists wrote.
An odd result from the experiment was that the parrots appeared sensitive to side-to-side but not up-and-down shaking.
The researchers speculated that vertical shaking may have distracted the birds by reminding them of head-bobbing, a common parrot behaviour.

Monday, August 6

Dog Show Reminder

Reminder of the New Date for Dog Show

Following the flooding that led to the cancellation of the Dog Show in July, NCAR has now decided  that this years, Compaion Dog Show will be combined with the Pet Pamper Day on 23rd September 2012 at the rescue from 11am to 3pm

It promises to be a fantastic day so put it in your diary NOW! The various classes will be published later but I can promise something for everyone.

There will be a BBQ as well as many gift stalls, pet advice stalls cake stalls, and tombola's etc and so much more on the day,  so it will be a fabulous day out for all the family. So bring your lovely dogs along to a great day out. There will be many classes, with something for every dog. 

They need to make these keys bigger
Don't forget to put it in your diary now and keep an eye on the blog for more details.

Saturday, August 4

Carla - What 48 hours of love and care can do!!

Carla on arrival at the vets
One very thin,very frightened, very poorly dog has made a miraculous recovery, indeed it is difficult to believe that the dog I saw today was the same one that I dropped off at the vets on Thursday.

After spending more than 24 hours on a drip and given a lot of love and intensive care, I am overjoyed to say that Carla, the Staffie, is well on the road to recovery. 

Despite this massive change in her it hasn't been an easy journey since she was brought in to the Rescue on Thursday, as you may have read. When she came in she could hardly manage to drink never mind eat, it was only fluid that we could get into her. She captured the hearts of staff at the Rescue as well as at the Vets and anyone that meets her can see why, she really is a little darling.
When she was admitted to the Vets on Thursday afternoon she weighed 2.5 kg,  by this afternoon (Saturday) she had gained weight and was up to 6.4 kg and it showed. She has been fed small amounts of food hourly for the last 18 hours or so and the dedication of the staff shows what can be done with some love and attention. 

a little shy and wary 
What greeted us today was a happy, sweet, playful, loving dog that initially when she saw us was a little frightened and went to hide behind the veterinary nurse, well briefly anyway and who could blame her after what someone had done to her. She soon started to trust us and when she did she wanted affection and fuss and lapped up all she got. Even people that had previously adopted a dog from us and were visiting the vets came to see her and fell for her there and then, she has that affect. 

Starting to trust

She will stay with the veterinary nurse for a few days as she gets over some of the health problems that come with this kind of neglect. 

There will be a short video of her available on here soon as well as more news about her, in fact, I have just been told at this moment she is lying on her back on the sofa snoring.

Saturday night,  watching the Olympics?
If anyone would like to help by contributing to the veterinary costs of this poor dog then please just visit our JustGiving page, any help is appreciated, as you can imagine the bill is mounting.

Friday, August 3

HORRIFIC!!! -- HOW could someone do this?

Horrific, neglected, starved, dehydrated and terrified are just a few of the words that came to mind today when a young Staffie was brought into the rescue. It was hard to believe that anyone could allow a poor animal to get into the state that this dog was in. The pictures here say more than words ever could.

When the Dog Warden carried this poor animal into the rescue staff and visitors alike looked on in despair. You could literally count the ribs and just about see every single bone in this small body. 

The dog was in a very bad way when it was brought in and rescue staff went into an all too familiar routine, regrettably this was not the first dog that staff and particularly the founder of the rescue, Anne Owen, has seen in the last 34 years of its existence. Staff have named the poor dog Carla.

Having been assessed Carla was transferred to our vets who were waiting for her when she arrived, she was put on a drip and started on the road to what is likely to be a long recovery, both physically and emotionally. Hopefully there will not be any lasting health problems caused by the neglect that this poor animal has suffered over a number of months, possibly even all her life ..................and they say dogs are a man's best friend.