Poorly pups need good homes in Sheffield

American Bulldog Betty
American Bulldog Betty

These adorable Sheffield puppies being cared for by the RSPCA are looking for good homes after battling medical problems – thanks to fund started by Star readers.

It’s been a difficult few weeks for ‘Connie’ and ‘Betty’ who have both undergone tests and treatments in their short lives – Connie for a hernia and Betty for a bone abnormality in her legs.

Puppy Connie

Puppy Connie

“Connie is seven weeks, and is now on the mend and on the lookout for a loving home,” said a spokesman for Sheffield Animal Centre.

“But 11-week-old American Bulldog Betty will require more long-term care and we’re trying to find her a home with owners who can be especially mindful of her needs and any future treatment her condition may require.

“Responsible pet ownership is part of owning any pet and this bit of extra effort to monitor Betty will be doubly returned, with oodles of love from this gentle, appealing and velvet-coated beauty.”

Both dogs’ treatments were funded by the Sheffield branch’s Woody’s Legacy Appeal – but staff have revealed funds are dwinding fast.

Stella White, general manager at RSPCA Sheffield, said: “We are only able to help dogs like Connie and Betty because of the money donated to Woody’s Legacy by members of the public.

“We ran an appeal in 2012, with the help of The Star, to create a fund for animals in our care that needed veterinary treatment, either to be able to survive or walk again – and we named it Woody’s Legacy, after the pup that inspired the fund.

“Woody was a Chihuahua terrier cross who had to have two of his legs operated on when they were accidentally broken by a door opening onto them.

“Unfortunately there were complications and Woody didn’t survive, but he left a legacy behind.

“This fund has helped so many animals but is currently running very low. We continue to appeal for people to replenish the fund so we can immediately respond to dire cases.

“We’re in desperate need of an injection of cash to top up the fund, which makes lifesaving and life-improving operations or treatments like this possible.

“We know these are difficult financial times, but every penny really does help.”

To donate to Woody’s Legacy, call the Sheffield branch on 0114 289 8057, email administrator@rspcasheffield.org or write to Stella White at 2 Stadium Way, Attercliffe, Sheffield, S9 3HN.