A dog that was dumped on the side of a road just days before Christmas has finally found a new home.
The Staffordshire bull terrier named Snoop, who was spotted by CCTV being abandoned in Stoke-on-Trent, became a viral sensation after his heartless owner drove off without the panicked pup. But, this tragic story now has a happy ending.
Rachel Butler from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), says the Staffie now has "a home for life" thanks to Laurence Squire from Herefordshire. Though the charity received hundreds of offers of a permanent home for Snoop, including one from American rap star Snoop Dogg himself, plans for placing the dog were put on hold since he had separation anxiety issues due to his abandonment.
The footage of the dog being abandoned showed the owner getting out of a car with the dog on a leash before leaving him at the corner of Timor Grove and Pacific Road in Trentham.
"It took a bit of time to get to know what would be the right home for him," Butler said. "What had happened to him had obviously affected him quite a lot and we could tell that, so... we spent a bit of time getting to know him, and then Laurence got in touch with us and he just sounded like the perfect owner for Snoop."
So far, Snoop has been adjusting well to his new home. Squire admitted he was "quite shocked" when he saw the CCTV footage from December 17, adding that the dog's previous owner could have reached out to the RSPCA to re-home Snoop. Despite his initial anxiety, Squire says that the trauma "hadn't left any long-lasting effects on him."
Squire, who works at home, is able to walk Snoop often in the country. The Herefordshire resident, who previously had a Staffordshire bull terrier that died in November, said they "bonded instantly." Squire had been looking for a new Staffie because “they’re such a loving breed.” After seeing the news report, he knew he had found the perfect dog and could give him the home he deserved.
Snoop, who’s become a regular at the local pub, loves to lay on the back of the sofa and curl up in front of the fire. Squire says the pup loves being warm and he will often find him in the bedroom under the duvet, resting his head on the pillow.
According to the American Kennel Club, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed is sweet-natured, family-oriented and patient with children. They are also extremely loyal companions. Sounds like both Squire and Snoop have the companion they both deserve.
The RSPCA recently tweeted that had been adopted and was now “living a life of luxury in his new Hertfordshire pad, which has a large garden and is surrounded by fields to run and play in!”