TWO little dogs who were so cruelly treated they each had to have legs amputated have received 20 offers of new homes so far after their plight was highlighted on the front page of The Star last night.
Border-terrier cross Ralf, just four months old, and black-and-white Staffie Oliver both had to have their front left legs removed – Ralf after a sickening attack.
The trusting pup had been kicked so hard his joint shattered, while Oliver was left to fend for himself for months on allotments where he got into a fight with a bigger dog.
Today Rain Rescue owner Jacquie Nelson, who is caring for the dogs, said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the public response.
“We have had about 20 phone calls so far from people who are interested in adopting either Ralf or Oliver.
“We have asked that they fill in the form on our website and we will consider their applications.
“Ralf and Oliver’s cases are really shocking and have obviously pulled on people’s heartstrings.
“We have also had people coming into our shop on Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne, with food for the animals, and people phoning offering financial donations which are greatly appreciated. Last year alone it cost £85,000 to keep us going, and we rely entirely on public donations.”
Meanwhile Bradway Pet Shop is celebrating 10 years in business by raising money for Rotherham-based Rain Rescue this Saturday.
Owner Rachael James has organised a raffle and a picture competition on Facebook – with Ralf already leading the ‘handsome hound’ category.
To support Rain Rescue, visit www.rainrescue.co.uk – or visit Bradway Pet Shop on Bradway Road to buy a raffle ticket and be in with a chance of winning pet toys and treats.