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Dog found tied up in church to be reunited with his owner

Seven-year-old Staffie, nicknamed Cracker by staff who took him in, will be reunited with his owner. Credit: RSPCA

A Staffie who was found tied up in a church with a heartbreaking note from his owner is to be reunited with his family.

Seven-year-old Cracker was found tied up next to the altar at Sacred Heart Church in Blackpool on 18 December with a note from his former owner.

Please believe me when I say I haven’t done this easily. My dog means the world to me and I don’t know what else to do.

I’ve no home or money now for him. Life has taken a really bad turn for me and I couldn’t imagine him being outside with me cold and hungry. I love you and I am so so so sorry."

– Note found with Cracker
Cracker, who's real name is Rooney, will be going back to his owner, Alison* once she is back on her feet. Credit: RSPCA

Cracker’s story has really captured the hearts of the nation and everyone has fallen in love with this little dog.

The outpouring of support for Cracker - and his owners - and the publicity his story has received resulted in us finding Cracker’s owner.

– Will Lamping, RSPCA Inspector

An RSPCA inspector went to collect the confused Staffie and he’s now being cared for by staff at the Longview Animal Centre, run by RSPCA Blackpool and North Lancs Branch.

Cracker, who's real name is Rooney, will be going back to his owner, Alison* once she is back on her feet.

She is receiving support from local charity, Street Paws, who will now take care of Rooney until Alison is ready to have him home.

StreetPaws founder Michelle Southern said: "Rooney's story has really touched the hearts of the nation, but sadly it’s not uncommon.

"People who have no home are forced to make heartbreaking decisions to give up their pets as they have no other choice.

"We recognised Rooney when pictured in the media, and were relieved when his owner was found as she loves him very much."