North East Lincolnshire Council

Cassie come home – family takes in deaf rescue Staffie

A deaf Staffordshire bull terrier has found a loving new home after she was picked up by North East Lincolnshire Council’s community protection and compliance team.

Cassie was pregnant when she was picked up by the team in Corporation Road, Grimsby, last year.

She had been reported as a stray and the person they collected her from claimed to have found her. Cassie wasn’t chipped so there was no way to trace her owner.

As with all stray dogs the Council finds, she was taken to Sangreat Kennels and from there was taken in by Wisbech-based charity Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue.

Unfortunately Cassie lost her pups and was diagnosed as deaf after medical checks, but after months of care from the charity she has now found a new home with a recently retired couple who adore her.

Chris Clark, from Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue, explained:

“When we received the call regards helping Cassie we just couldn’t say no to such a lovely little staffie.

“She fitted in straight away at Staffie HQ and got on so well with all the other dogs, she also had a big following on our rescue Facebook page.

“We knew, due to her deafness, that would put a lot of people off adopting Cassie, we are pleased to say Cassie now has the most wonderful home she could ever ask for.

“If you would like further updates on Cassie and the other staffies we help, please feel free to follow us on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SBTRESCUE/.”

Cllr David Bolton, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, added:

“I’d like to thank Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue for the compassion they showed in taking Cassie from us, looking after her at substantial cost to themselves and finding her a new home.

“We always try and rehome dogs where we can through Sangreat kennels and other rescue centres when we need to.

“We’re very fortunate that there are volunteers and organisations out there like Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue, who go out of their way to help when dog owners are no longer willing or able to look after their pets.”

Neil Clark, community protection and compliance team manager, said:

“This is a heart-warming story that shows how hard our Animal Welfare Officers work to find loving homes for the dogs they find.
“Think carefully before you buy a dog – the medical costs can be expensive and we do find cases where owners, who can no longer afford to keep them, and give their pet away or report them as strays to us.
“Staffordshire bull terriers are notoriously difficult to rehome, but fortunately for Cassie she was looked after by the charity and found a family to take her in.”

Owning a dog brings a great deal of enjoyment but also carries with it many responsibilities.

If owners are not aware of these responsibilities then communities can grow to dislike the dogs in their areas and anti-dog attitudes can develop.

There are many steps responsible dog owners should take to look after their pets, here are a few tips:

  • Keep your dog under control at all times
  • Ensure your dog is microchipped; this is now a legal requirement
  • The Control of Dogs Order 1992 requires that any dog in a public place must wear a collar tag with the name and address of the owner written on it. Your telephone number is optional
  • Always clean up after your dog
  • REMEMBER – not everybody loves dogs. Only a minority of the population are dog owners – respect the views of others.
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