A dog left at Glastonbury Festival, and which Dolly Parton had offered to re-home, has been reunited with its owner. The animal shelter in Shepton Mallet was reluctant to hand Dolly the dog back to her owners because of welfare concerns, but said they were forced to legally.
In a statement, they added that they would be supervising the owner's care. Lyn Southway from Happy Landings Animal Shelter says they needed to make sure the people were really Dolly's owners.
ITV Westcountry has been told that the dog that Dolly Parton offered to re-home after it was abandoned at Glastonbury was very pleased to see it's owners when they were reunited last night.
The owners who are Spanish and live in London came forward to claim the dog Dolly who was found abandoned in a tent at the festival. The rescue centre say they were legally obliged to hand the dog back to it's owner after the proper checks were carried out.
Dolly Parton has told the Rolling Stone magazine that the owners of the dog abandoned at Glastonbury had reported it missing, but there was a 'language barrier', as they were apparently from another country.
The owner of a dog that Dolly Parton offered to re-home after it was abandoned at Glastonbury, has come forward. In a statement, the Happy Landings animal shelter in Shepton Mallet said:
We would like to let all the supporters of Dolly dog know that her owner came forward and they were reunited this evening. Although we have concerns and unanswered questions, legally we have had to hand her back. [...]
Dolly was delighted to see her owner and vice versa. There were tears all round. We have passed on all medication and the owner will have a programme of care to uphold that was started here with us, which will be monitored. [...]
We understand people's disappointment with this outcome. We did seek legal advice from different sources but had no other option.
Dolly, the dog found abandoned in a tent after the Glastonbury festival, will have to remain at a Somerset animal shelter for a little longer before being re-homed.
Dolly has received treatment and is recovering from an ear infection, but now needs some dental work.
The Happy Landings Animal shelter says it's received numerous calls about the abandoned dog, but will only consider rehoming her once she is back to full health. She's named after Dolly Parton who has also offered to adopt her namesake.
Country music legend Dolly Parton says she will give a home to the dog found abandoned at the Glastonbury Festival.
Dolly, who stole the show with her first ever Glastonbury performance last week, said she would step in if no one collects her namesake from the Happy Landings shelter near Worthy Farm where she is currently being held.