Family rescue Battersea's 1000th dog

Emerald the puppy with her new family Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

A family from Sittingbourne in Kent have given a new home to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's 1000th dog of 2013.

The nine-week-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup named Emerald arrived at the home along with six of his litter as his owner could no longer care for them.

Emerald the puppy was at the dog's home for just eight days before the Seymour family adopted him.

Father of two, Daniel Seymour said: “Mywife and I have both owned dogs before, but Emerald is our firstfamily dog. He is absolutely gorgeous and we feel so lucky to havehim.

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home takes in around 9,000 dogs and cats each year.