Eight-Week Old Puppy To Get New Home After Becoming First ‘Unwanted’ Xmas Present

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A puppy who melted hearts after being handed in at Battersea Dogs Home as an ‘unwanted Christmas present’ will be matched with a new owner after the charity revealed they’ve been ‘inundated’ with calls.

Eight-week-old Ronnie, believed to be a mastiff-cross, was handed to the charity on 2 January, after his new owner became homeless.

According to reports, the owner said she’d received little Ronnie as a Christmas present from her former partner, who had bought the puppy online.

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Shortly after his arrival, Battersea Dogs Home published an adorable video of Ronnie playing and everybody fell in love.

They said:

We’re bounding into the New Year with playful pup, Ronnie: our first new arrival of 2018!

Home intake manager Steven Craddock said:

It doesn’t shock any of us that the first dog through our doors in 2018 was bought online.

His new owner did the right thing by bringing him into us where we can look after him and find him a loving new home, which we doubt will take long as he’s such a lovely boy.

However, this doesn’t change the fact that he never should’ve been sold online in the first place.

We believe he may have been taken from his mother far too young and likely sold by a breeder with absolutely no regard for his welfare.

Since his appeal spread across social media, Battersea Dogs Home said they’ve been inundated with potential new owners.

A spokesman told Mirror Online Ronnie will go through a ‘matching process to find the most suitable owner’.

Battersea Dogs Home

They are on a quest to find the right owner and as Ronnie is likely to grow to be a big dog, this will need to be taken into account – including whether his new owner has children or other animals.

Meanwhile, he’s staying with staff member Alice Holt while having all his medical checks.

Mr Craddock said:

Ronnie is just one of many thousands of dogs who will be bought off an unregulated website in the coming months and end up in a home where the owner is unprepared and unable to take proper care of them.

His new owner did the right thing by bringing him into us where we can look after him and find him a loving new home.

Battersea Dogs Home

Mr Craddock concluded:

However, this doesn’t change the fact he never should’ve been sold online in the first place.

We believe he may have been taken from his mother far too young and likely sold by a breeder with absolutely no regard for his welfare.

It’s so easy to sell a dog online and this is one of the biggest challenges Battersea faces today.

I’d encourage anyone thinking of welcoming a new pet into their lives to consider rescue over shopping online.

Hopefully he’ll have his forever home soon.

Think before you buy people!