2017 hasn't got off to the best start for two stray dogs who became the first residents through the doors of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home this year.
The unlucky two were found separately wandering the streets of London. Roger (pictured above), a six-year-old partially sighted Rottweiler was picked up near Croydon by a kind-hearted passer-by who brought him in overnight to Home. Tugz, an elderly Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was found loose in Tooting on 2 January and brought in by a resident worried for Tugz’ safety.
Both dogs are microchipped but Roger has no details assigned to his chip so his owner cannot be traced. The Home has tried to contact Tugz’ registered owner after finding his details. In the meantime, both dogs are being cared for by the Home's staff while they wait to hear if they'll be claimed or whether they need to be carefully assessed to find new homes.
Battersea’s Intake Manager, Steven Craddock, said, "It’s always sad to see lovely dogs like Tugz and Roger brought to us through no fault of their own, confused and forlorn, but Battersea is the best place for them while we try to locate their owners. If we have no luck, we will work on finding them new homes of their own.
"However, this does go to show the importance of microchipping your pets and keeping their registered details up to date. Without this, Battersea has no way of tracing stray animals’ owners and must wait to see if they’re claimed. In April last year, it became law to microchip dogs so I’d suggest all dog owners make a New Year’s Resolution to take this simple step that can save both them and their pet pain and distress and help us reunite them with their four-legged friends as quickly as possible."
For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk.