A blind abandoned dog has been given a home after being found wandering around Hyde Park in London.
The three-month-old Rottweiler puppy was rescued by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home who believe it was dumped by its owner because of the pooch’s vision loss.
Steve Craddock, Centre Manager at Battersea, told Metro.co.uk: ‘We’ll never know the real reason why young Oliver was abandoned, but it may have been because being blind would make it harder for a breeder to sell him to new owners.’
Luckily the dog, called Oliver, will be spending Christmas with its new owner Suzanne who has given the pet a new home in south-east London.
Overcoming his sight loss the new pet has learnt how to fetch his bowl to let everyone know when he’s hungry, earning the nickname Oliver Twist.
Suzanne said: ‘Although Oliver is blind, he’s such a confident boy! He’s now fully settled, and with the help of his new big sister, Izzy, it took him no time at all to happily find his way around his new home.
‘He’s really bonded with Izzy, and the two now spend all of their time together; they love to go on country walks together and then have a snuggle in the evening. They’re the best of friends!
‘He’s such a big character and he really goes to show that while rescue dogs aren’t always perfect, they are definitely worth it.’
Mr Craddock has urged people to be more patient with puppies if they are demanding more attention instead of abandoning them.
He said: ‘Dogs are amazing animals, and blind dogs are often very misunderstood.
‘Although they may not be able to see, they can enjoy the world in different ways and will use their sense of smell to explore the world around them. Blind dogs are also very quick to map new environments and so can easily adjust to a home setting.
‘We’d always urge anyone with a puppy that they can no longer look after to bring them into a rescue centre like Battersea.
‘This way, they’ll be safe and will have the best chance of finding the perfect home, just like Oliver has done with Suzanne. There’s never any excuse for abandoning a helpless animal – rescues are here to help.’
For more information about Battersea Dogs and Cats Home visit their website.
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