Thirty dogs were discovered in what could only be described as ‘little prison cells’…
Anyone that has seen will Flyball in action will know it is one of the most thrilling displays; an adrenalin- filled activity between dog and handler. It is one of the only sports which allow dogs and owners to work alongside each other, all the while strengthening that unbreakable bond. It is fun and active way to interact with your dog and other dog enthusiasts alike. You would never believe that a canine sport built on this ethos could hide a darker side.
In July 2017, a former Crufts winner and highly-respected individual in the dog training world was found to be keeping her 30 dogs in what were described as ‘little prison cells’.
The dogs from were found living in awful conditions; dark rooms and cramped cages, caked in faeces and urine.
Fortunately they were found in time and 28 of the dogs which could be saved were brought to the RSPCA Radcliffe Animal Centre, for vital care and rehabilitation.
Thanks to the patience and dedication of the team here at the shelter, all of the dogs involved in the Flyball case made a full recovery. And, following months of hard work, we can now exclusively reveal how they are getting on in their new homes.
Among those that found their forever homes were Border Collies’ Bear and Rosie, and Diddy the Terrier Cross.
Bear’s Adopter, Julie Jones explained: “After losing our beloved Border Collie, we spoke those immortal words “never again, it’s too heart-breaking”. However, we realised that there was something missing in our home and our hearts, so we started to browse the RSPCA website, when we came across an adorable picture with the words ‘not had the best of life’ so we decided to visit Bear at the Radcliffe Centre.
As soon as Julie and Steve Jones saw Bear’s face through the kennel bars, they simply couldn’t resist him – he was dog they had been waiting for.
“When we first took Bear home, he was frightened and nervous of most things – if we had anything in our hands – or raised them, he would cower. However, over the last month we have seen a significant change in Bear. He now has playmates in the park and is treated like a celebrity by all of those who know of his background. He is a truly adorable, loving and a clever little boy and we are so lucky to have him in our lives – he is absolutely perfect.”
Bear when he was found living in awful conditions…
Bear now happy in his new life out on a walk!
Rosie’s Adopter Penny Guard had a similar experience, as she explains: “Rosie has moved on from that nervous mode to being in charge and having to be first everywhere, even to bed! As our office is at home she loves being with us all day, greeting visitors at the door and having a good old sniff before they are allowed to sit down for the meeting to begin – she’s been the perfect princess.”
Rosie is now very content in her new home…
Her favourite thing to do is to play fetch in the garden!
Diddy, the Terrier Cross, who sadly had to have his left eye removed due to infection, was also amongst the dogs rescued in the Flyball case.
But when Jason Smith and his son saw his picture on the centre website they instantly knew he was the one them.
“He has made us smile and laugh every day since coming home with us. He has a cheeky disposition but never pushes his luck too far,” says Jason.
“He didn’t really seem to know how to play when he came to live with us but, over time, his confidence has grown and he now loves playing. He has gone from being quite timid about certain parts of the house to having free reign. Compared to the dog we brought home from the Rescue Centre he is now much more relaxed and comfortable. He has become a part of our family and we love him very much.”
Diddy is now loving his new life and has really fallen on his feet!
He loves to find the comfiest spot to cuddle up!
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