New Life for Puppy 'Soul survivor'

A Border collie pup christened "Gloria" by Winchester City Council Dog Control staff is the ‘soul’ survivor of a litter of five puppies recently dumped in the Winchester area.

The puppies, two dogs and three bitches, were found in a very poor condition and suffering from dehydration when they were discovered by a passer by in the Hockley area of the City.

The City Council's Dog Control staff and the Police rushed them to a local vets, but despite the very best efforts of staff, Gloria was the only one to survive. She is now fit and well and will be shortly moving to a good home thanks to Border Collie Rescue who were contacted to help with finding her a new home.

Commenting on the tragedy, Sue Blazdell, Environmental Protection Team Leader, said no-one knows why these puppies were left to die and it was only by luck that they were found.

"We decided to name the survivor after Gloria Gaynor because of the song ‘I will Survive’ and we’re delighted that this story now has a partially happy ending.

"Each year our Dog Control Team deals with all the stray dogs across the district and, sadly, abandoned puppies like these are occasionally found. The best way to avoid unwanted litters is to have your dog neutered," she added.

"The City Council operates a subsidised dog neutering scheme for owners on low income to help with the cost so we can try and avoid a repetition of Gloria’s experience."

Anyone wanting more information on the scheme should contact Caroline Barnes, Dog Control Officer, on 01962 848456.