A YORKSHIRE TERRIER named Hamish is one of 200 Yorkshire Terriers rescued by a collective operation by animal welfare charities from a windowless shed at an unlicensed puppy farm in Sussex last month. But Hamish now has a unique distinction – he is one of the first of the rescued dogs to be rehomed.
He was brought to Croydon by volunteers from the Croydon Animal Samaritans (CAS) along with 12 others who had all been kept in cramped boxes knee-deep in excrement. Now, after being nursed back to health at the charity's South Croydon centre, he has found a new home and a brand new owner - Barbara McGregor from Selsdon, Surrey.
Mrs McGregor, 64 said: "He's doing brilliantly. All he wants to do is get into your lap and have a cuddle and he's made his home on my sofa. I really wanted a new dog after my last one died from cancer last year. I'd read about the rescue dogs in the paper. I chose Hamish because I wanted a boy, and he has a Scottish name just like me. My 11-year-old granddaughter came with me to collect him and she loved him. So I think she'll be round taking him out for walks with me.
"He's very good on the lead and he's got plenty of toys to play with."
As reported by OUR DOGS last month, Croydon Animal Samaritans, The Kit Wilson Trust and the Celia Hammond Action Group rescued the dogs and cats from the horrendous conditions in the house. Nearly all were in need of urgent veterinary attention and it took several days to clean them up and assess them properly.
Meanwhile, two other young puppies have been taken by a family in Kent, another has a new owner in Bookham and Maggie the collie has gone to a home in Caterham-on-the-Hill.
Barbara Allen, who runs CAS, said: "It is all coming together. We do like to have time to assess the dogs and think about the best possible home situation a potential new owner can offer.
"If you don't choose carefully, you could end up with the dog back again. What we don't want to do is cause them any more trauma. The next home they go to should be their permanent home.
We have some other people lined up this week to start looking at the rest of the dogs and the rest of the puppies will be ready in about three or four weeks time. They've just been out sunning themselves in the garden, which is great to see. Considering they’d never seen sunlight in heir lives before, it’s a heart-warming sight."