Agoraphobic rescue dog Whisper is so terrified of people and the outside world that staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are finding it impossible to find her a new home.
Whilst most rescue dogs love nothing more than ‘walkies’, meeting people and other dogs, and running around the Home’s exercise paddocks with their balls, Whisper will only leave her kennel once all the other dogs are in bed for the night and the staff and visitors have gone home. Only when the grounds are deserted for the day does she feel it’s safe to venture outside.
Battersea staff have encountered all sorts of behaviours over the years but agoraphobic Whisper is one of the most extreme cases they have ever faced and they wonder how she will ever meet new owners.
Six-year-old Whisper was found cowering underneath a bush in Surrey back in January. The Staffordshire Bull Terrier had most likely been used as a breeding bitch before being brought to Battersea’s Old Windsor Home as a stray.
She was undernourished, and her teats were terribly stretched after giving birth to and feeding litter after litter. Whisper’s fear of the outdoors is probably a result of being kept in a shed or indoor cage. She was given her name as the slightest noise or movement would have her cowering in her bed, too scared to leave her kennel and petrified of people and other dogs.
“Whisper is a gentle, loving, kind-natured dog, and she is going to make the most amazing pet for someone who has the time and patience to slowly build her trust and confidence. We know that she’s going to need very understanding owners but more than anything we want her to enjoy a life outside kennels like any other dog. Whisper has had a terrible start to life and she really deserves a happy ending.”
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An elderly vulnerable dog has been abandoned and tied to railings in Oxford.
The dog has two tumours the size of apples and was found dumped along a path between Cowley Road and Cricket Road at 5pm on Wednesday 23rd April by a school girl.
The dog was taken to the girl's home and given a bath when the two lumps were found.
The vet said that she was suffering from two ruptured mammary tumours and they said he condition had been deemed so serious that it would be best to put her to sleep to end her suffering.
RSPCA inspector Andy Eddy said: “Tumours this size would have been incredibly painful for poor Lara - she must have been suffering a great deal. If she had received treatment sooner, we may have been able to save her."
When they woke up one morning to find their dog missing they feared the worst. But a family from Twyford have been reunited with their 4-year-old Labrador after he was spotted on board a train to Reading. Mel Bloor has been to meet Shadow and his very relieved owners.
A dog has been reunited with his Kent owner who had given up all hope of finding the Jack Russell who went missing for six months.
The small Jack Russell was reported missing in Swanley last September after escaping through an open window.
Swale Council was then contacted by a member of the public to say they had seen a stray dog in the street in Lower Halstow.
Owner Gerry said he was glad he invested in a micro-chip to help find his adventurous dog.
He said: "This is another great example of the benefits of getting your pet micro-chipped and how much easier it makes finding the real owner. As soon as Gerry picked up the dog you could see the bond between the two was very strong.”
Police have arrested a man and seized a dog following an incident on Gosport High Street on Wednesday 11th December 11 just after 1pm.
It follows a report of the dog biting a man.
A 27-year-old man from Gosport has been arrested on suspicion of failing to comply with a dog control order and allowing his dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place.
We are treating this matter so seriously as a previous incident involving this dog was reported and a dog control order was in place. It was in the interests of public safety that the dog was taken off the streets before it could potentially end up biting another person, or more seriously, a child.”
The number of stray dogs picked up by councils in the south east has reached 9,200 - that's an increase of 10% on last year. The latest figures, released by the Dogs Trust, equate to 25 dogs being picked up every day by Local Authorities in the South East.
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A dog had to be rescued after her head stuck in a wall.
Lexi, an eight month old field cocker spaniel, was rescued by a member of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Animal Rescue team.
The dog's owner, Vicky Lovelock, called for help incident when the poor pooch got stuck in White Hart Lane, Portchester, yesterday
Vicky said: “I was walking Lexi and she was on the lead. She must have smelt or seen something which drew her attention enough to poke her head through a wall."
Animal Rescue Specialist, Anton Phillips said: “I asked Vicky to hold the dog firmly whilst I released Lexi by using a hammer and chisel, gently using the chisel to crack the wall."
Vicky added: “I am so grateful to Anton and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service."
Alfie, the Jack Russell Terrier went missing from Blackthorn Farm, Marringdean Road, Billingshurst, West Sussex on 31st January. He is only 8 months old. He was wearing a collar and he is microchipped.
If you have seen Alfie please email firstname.lastname@example.org.