A DOG found abandoned in Doxey had a surprise for staff at the kennels where she was taken while she waits for a loving new home.
The Staffordshire bull terrier gave birth to four puppies at Swanpit Kennels, near Gnosall, after being found at the end of last month in Doxey, without any identification.
The new mum was named Lizzy, after gold medal winning Winter Olympic Skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold, by Stafford Borough Council staff who are responsible for stray dogs.
George McMaster, owner of Swanpit Kennels, said: “It is so sad when a dog is abandoned – especially so when it is heavily pregnant. But Lizzy was a real survivor and has produced some wonderful puppies which I am sure will prove very popular with anyone wanting a Staffie as a pet.”
Her puppies are now four weeks old and are looking for forever homes, as is Lizzy. Although the puppies can only leave the kennels after eight weeks people can reserve them in the meantime, but they have to sign ‘adoption’ forms and give a £40 donation to take home their new friends.
The discovery of Lizzy and her little ones has served as a timely reminder to dog owners to ensure their pets do not stray or roam free.
Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said: “By law the dog should be identifiable by a tag containing the owner’s name, address and contact number or microchip. This will avoid what is often a very worrying time when dogs go missing”.
“It is a straightforward message to owners - please look after your dogs. And a simple collar and tag is the best way to ensure you can be reunited, should your dog go missing.”
More than 240 stray dogs were collected within Stafford Borough last year and owners recovering pets must pay a fee to cover the cost of collection and kennelling.
For more information on the borough council’s dog warden service and how they deal with stray dogs go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/animals-stray-dogs.