Big Ron finds a new home after being bitten by a badger

Big Ron with Eve and Grace Sandford. Credit: South Lakeland District Council

A stray dog described as a "gentle giant" has finally found a new home, after being bitten by a badger last year.

Big Ron, the bull lurcher, was found scared and injured in a barn in the Kendal area in August 2014.

He had a huge wound under his chin, and a local vet suggests the injury is likely to have been cased by a bite from a badger.

South Lakeland District Council were called to help the dog, and Big Ron was taken to Milnthorpe Kennels and Cattery.

His gentle temperament won him plenty of admirers:

He won everyone over with his sweet nature; all the volunteers when asked who they wanted to take out for a walk would pick Big Ron as he is so well behaved and a joy to walk.” >

Stella Norman, owner of Milnthorpe Kennels and Cattery

Eve Sandford, a 15-year-old volunteer at the kennel, was particularly taken with Big Ron.

She convinced her parents to give him a new home, which has taken the former stray some getting used to:

Big Ron has such a calm nature - he doesn’t bark or pester and we have never heard him growl.

Alison Sandford, Eve’s mother

South Lakeland District Council is taking the opportunity to remind people that the police, and animal rescue shelters, can no longer deal with strays:

The public should be aware the police no longer accept stray dogs and they cannot be taken to animal rescue centres. If anyone finds a stray dog they should report it to the council and we will try to reunite it with its owner or find it a new home.

Councillor Sue Sanderson, Deputy Leader and Portfolio for Environment and People