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    RSPCA desperately looking for new home for Dodger

    NewsUK Dog NewsTuesday 09 April 2013

    The RSPCA is still desperately trying to find a new home for Dodger, a dog that first hit the headlines after his owner was caught hitting him when the footage was posted online. 

    Despite Dodger’s high profile and the fact that hundreds of people posted online about how sad they were to hear about his ordeal, he is still looking for a new owner. 
    Dodger’s owner was prosecuted for cruelty and was also banned from keeping dogs for 15 years. 
    The story surrounding Dodger was made even more poignant after it was discovered that the Staffordshire bull terrier was born completely deaf with severe cataracts in both of his eyes, which have made him almost entirely blind. 
    The vets at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) in Suffolk successfully performed cataract surgery on his eyes which handed him the gift of sight again. 
    And, after his story came out, it at had appeared that things for Dodger were looking up, however, sadly, despite all the media attention no one came forward to offer him a loving new home. 
    Dodger was then placed in a marvellous foster home for almost nine months, but sadly due to no fault of his own he could no longer stay there, and he has since been returned back to the RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre in Cambridgeshire.
    Jackie Williams centre manager said: “Dodger was placed in a foster home because he doesn’t cope well in kennels and he does become stressed. The last time he was with us he spent a lot of his time in our reception area as he seemed much happier and he just loves being around people.
    “I really do not know why we have not been able to find a home for Dodger – it is just sad that given all he has gone through he still just hasn’t found a new loving home. He is such an amazing dog and everyone who meets him instantly falls in love with him.”
    Although Dodger can now see, he is still completely deaf and he’ll need a special owner who can understand his specific needs. He does know some hand signals and he is a fast learner.
    Dodger is house trained and can be left for short periods, he is very good with children.
    Jackie added: “His foster family could not fault him. Unfortunately the only two things that sadly go against him are that he is deaf and therefore he is not too good around other dogs.”
    Picture courtesy of the RSPCA.
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