Fresh start for trusting dog found tied to a gate

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PLAYFUL pooch Bobby rolls over for a cuddle - and hopes his upsetting past will soon be a distant memory.

Bobby was abandoned by his owners, tied to a gate post on a cold, wet night.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was renamed after the policeman who found him in such a sorry state in Todwick Road, North Anston, outside the Thornberry Animal Sanctuary, at 3am.

Sarah Froggat, who helps out at the sanctuary where Bobby is now awaiting a new home, said: “This is the third time we have found dogs dumped this way in as many weeks, but this was the first in these circumstances for a long time. The fear in the mind of that little dog that night is upsetting for everyone who cares.”

Sarah said: “It was cold, wet and windy when this little dog’s owners decided they didn’t want him any more.

“They took him out in the car, tied him up and drove away.

“Fortunately the police drive around fairly regularly and he was spotted by officers passing the sanctuary.

“They untied him and took him to the safety of the local police station, and they then got in touch with our night manager.

“By 4.30am, the frightened little dog was tucked up in a warm kennel with treats and fresh water, starting the road to recovery and a loving new home.”

Sadly Bobby is just one of many abandoned dogs currently being cared for at Thornberry Animal Sanctuary.

Call 01909 564 399 to arrange a visit and a viewing or to offer one of the animals a new home.

Small is another dog with a lot of love to give. She was brought into Sheffield’s RSPCA Animal Centre with her pal Jazz.

And, although initially quite timid, she is now gaining confidence thanks to the patience of staff at the centre, and she is now looking for a quiet new home, with sensible older children, who understand she will need special understanding.

Small is looking for owners who are willing to visit her a few times at the centre and get to know her before adoption.

Attend the centre in Stadium Way, Attercliffe, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm every day except Wednesday, or call 0114 289 8050 for details.