The face that launched new home for Troy?

Troy - the rescue dog at RSPCA centre
Troy - the rescue dog at RSPCA centre
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HE shares his name with Helen of Troy – and like the lady herself he’s a stunner.

Majestic Neapolitan Mastiff Troy has been living at the RSPCA Sheffield Animal Centre since being abandoned last November.

Now the handsome hound is hoping his fine features will help find him a loving home.

Animal care manager Tony Benham said: “Troy is a very independent character and needs someone experienced in training dogs in a firm but sympathetic way.

“He came to us from another RSPCA centre as we have a system by which we take each others’ dogs if they need exposure to a new audience or new environment. It was felt Troy would benefit from being with an owner who lived in the countryside and spent a lot of time outdoors, where he can run off his energy and start a new and happier life.

“We have spectacular countryside here and felt we were in a good position to find the best owner for him.”

Troy would be better in a home without children or other pets. He has no known health problems, though he arrived at the RSPCA with a ‘cherry eye’ – a bulging gland in the corner of one eye.

Tony said: “The condition can look alarming, especially because it often happens suddenly, but cherry eye usually can be treated successfully and that appears to be the case with Troy.”

He added: “Whenever you adopt a dog from the RSPCA, you can be sure it will have all its vaccinations, it will have been neutered, it will have been treated for worms and fleas and it will come with insurance for four weeks.

“We also issue an identification tag for dogs – it is a legal requirement for them to wear them – and they go microchipped to their new owners.

“The adoption donation of £110 for an adult dog, and £150 for a puppy, covers all these services – and it costs the RSPCA in Sheffield £700 to feed, treat and train a dog for three months.”

The RSPCA Animal Centre is open every day except Wednesdays, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm, and can be contacted on 0114 2898050.

Staff are also looking for foster homes for the animals.