Hoppy days are here again
PUBLISHED: 14:33 19 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:21 03 March 2010
HOPPY, the homeless black Staffordshire bull terrier, is looking forward to a brighter future - the council's animal welfare department has been inundated with calls offering the dog a new home.
HOPPY, the homeless black Staffordshire bull terrier, is looking forward to a brighter future – the council's animal welfare department has been inundated with calls offering the dog a new home.
And, thanks to the generosity of an Ipswich pet store, Hoppy has his case bursting with new belongings as he waits to discover who his new owners will be and where he will be living.
Pets At Home were only too willing to answer The EveningStar's request and make Hoppy's stay at the vets more comfortable, donating an assortment of goodies for him when they heard of his traumatic ordeal.
The pet store, based in the town's Ranelagh Road, presented Hoppy with his basket of presents – worth more than £100 – yesterday.
Hoppy was clearly interested in his toys and treats, but his first priority was to test out his new luxury basket and cosy rug.
Pets At Home deputy manager Alice Lowe said: "It amazes me that anybody could subject any
animal to such cruelty.
"Having met Hoppy, he is a friendly, affectionate dog and I don't see why anyone would want to harm him.
"The gifts are the least we could do and lets hope that he finds a new home and gets a second chance – he deserves it."
It has been five days since Hoppy was rescued from Levington Road, Ipswich, and as time passes, it is growing increasingly unlikely that Hoppy's owners will ever be traced.
Thanks to the appeal in The Evening Star, there is a queue of prospective owners willing to adopt Hoppy, who has risen to stardom overnight.
Once seven days have passed, which is the time the council are legally obliged to give his owner the chance to come forward, the council will start the re-homing process.
Mike Grimwood, service manager for animal welfare at Ipswich borough council said: "We will re-home Hoppy on a first-come-first-served basis. Obviously we will check out the potential living accommodation and owner and if everything is to our satisfaction, we will be happy to present Hoppy to his new owner."
On the radio today, there were reports of a large black dog running wild in the Norwich Road area of Ipswich. We can confirm that this is not Hoppy, who is safe and sound in his new basket.
Hoppy is believed to have been thrown from a moving vehicle and will have his plaster cast on for up to six weeks. Only when the cast is removed will the vet be able to tell if he will need to undergo surgery.