Meet Charlie – a 4yr old Staffie left with fighting injuries and now abandoned by his owner

Poor Charlie was posted on Rescue Helpers Unite yesterday.

Safe and Sound, an organisation that finds refuge for dogs from Local Authority pounds, are currently keeping him in boarding kennels until a rescue space can be secured.

Below is a copy of his appeal. If you can help with a donation towards his care or know a good rescue that could offer backup and safely rehome him, please get in touch with Safe and Sound asap.

CHARLIE – Owner no longer wants. Signed over.

4yr old approx, entire staffie male. Cleft palate and Cryptorchid (undescended testicle which needs to be removed). FULLY VACCINATED – 2nd vax done today.

(Update: The vet who gave Charlie his 2nd vax this morning is almost certain that Charlie does not in fact have a cleft lip and suspects in is actually an old fighting injury.)

Poor Charlie was traded on facebook sometime last week and sold to a family with THREE children under 5.

A few days after he arrived, it became clear he was not comfortable around the youngest child, a 10 month old baby that has just started walking. Charlie would growl in the baby’s presence so it was decided that he couldn’t stay and he was put back up on facebook looking for his second home in a week or they would PTS!

The new owner said he was fine with the other two children (aged 2 and 5, just not the baby) and he had reportedly come from another home with a 5 year old. She says he seemed fine around other dogs while out on walks, though she did not let him off the lead.

We had to step in last night and get the family to sign him over to the pound, to stop him being placed into yet another unchecked home with yet more under 5s and no rescue back up in place. Fortunately he was just down the road from the pound we already work with so he has been taken there, where believe it or not, he will be safer than if we’d left him to the facebook traders.

The pound have advised that the council will not pay for this boy’s stay, they are certain he would be deemed unrehomeable due to his medical conditions and would be PTS We will therefore need to raise money to pay for his boarding at the pound ourselves as we will not let that happen to him! We think he’s rather beautiful!

If anyone can contribute towards his boarding, donations can be sent via Paypal to: adlersparker@aol.com

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Update:

The vet who gave Charlie his 2nd vax this morning is almost certain that Charlie does not in fact have a cleft lip and suspects in is actually an old fighting injury.

Despite this, Charlie seemed dog friendly while at the vets, he met quite a few dogs there and was perfectly happy to be around them. The pound will dog test him properly for us once he has settled in.

Visit Safe and Sound’s website:
http://www.safe-and-sound.org/