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Our big-hearted readers line up to give dogs a home

By Rebecca Black and Amanda Ferguson

An animal rescue centre that issued a plaintive appeal on behalf of four dogs who cannot find new homes have been inundated with enquiries.

Dog's Trust in Ballymena made the plea through the Belfast Telegraph yesterday.

Charlie, Rusty, Cookie and Lola came to the centre through no fault of their own but have totted up a total of 14 months waiting for a new owner.

Lovely Labrador cross Charlie is one of the longest residents, having arrived in January after his former owner took ill. In the last six months he has mournfully watched as 230 other dogs were rehomed.

Staff described the dogs as "fantastic" and said they would make wonderful pets for loving homes. Dogs that have been resident at the centre are trained in basic manners and socialised to get used to people and other animals.

And since the article appeared, the centre has received a large volume of calls asking about the dogs, and Charlie has emerged as the one most are asking for.

A spokeswoman for the centre said those interested in rehoming any of the four are receiving information about the dogs to see if their personalities would suit the potential new family. Those interested in adopting will be encouraged to visit the centre and get to know the dog.

The Dog's Trust centre in Ballymena is home to 49 dogs, which vary from pedigree to mixed breeds and even a labradoodle.

Anyone interested in rehoming a dog should contact the centre on 0300 303 0292. The Dogs Trust centre on the Teeshan Road is open 12-4pm from Saturday to Thursday.

Meanwhile, a Co Antrim animal charity is appealing for donations to increase security after a heavily pregnant mare was stolen.

River, a 13-year-old, piebald, hairy-legged cob was stolen from Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary in Antrim on Wednesday night or Thursday morning.

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