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Peaty the Staffie - Battersea's own Olympic champion

As the nation watched Adam Peaty winning Great Britain's first gold medal of Rio 2016 Olympic games, breaking the world record in the 100 metres breaststroke at the same time, the staff at Battersea's Dogs and Cats Home decided to celebrate his achievements by naming one of their residents after him.

Peaty, a six-year-old Staffie, was brought to Battersea as a stray after he was found wandering the streets of London - and now the charity is hoping that their own canine champion can strike gold as well and win himself a forever home.

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Battersea’s Director of Communications Dee McIntosh said, “Peaty the dog is a courageous and competitive character who’s loveable and very affectionate. He may prefer doggy paddle to breaststroke but just like any swimmer, this excitable and energetic chap will need further training so he can achieve his full potential. Battersea takes in nearly 5,000 dogs every year so Peaty has got some ruff competition to stand out from his canine competition just like his Olympic namesake.

“Who knows, maybe Battersea’s own Olympic champion can find his new home before the Games are over. After coming into our centre as a stray, this super dog really deserves a second chance at life. Here at Battersea, we’re wishing Adam Peaty and his team mates lots of luck for the Medley relay this weekend. All our staff, volunteers and four legged friends are all behind Team GB and we just hope that naming our super Staffie Peaty after an Olympic champion will help spur the team on to win even more medals!”

If you think you can give this boy the gold medal he deserves - in the form of a forever home - contact Battersea on 0843 509 4444 or visit their website.

Images by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.