Room is running out at the much-respected Babbington Rescue Centre for dogs in Awsworth as it continues its battle to take in and rehouse abandoned, injured and mistreated pets.
The dog rescue centre and kennels on Westby Lane has capacity for up to 88 dogs but is currently caring for a staggering 82 and is taking in new residents every day.
Owner Tony Sanderson and his daughter and manager of the centre, Sam Sanderson, blame the current economic hardships and owners not taking into consideration the cost of vet bills.
New resident Benji, a white German shepherd, who has been at the centre for two weeks, had to have one of his front legs amputated.
“He was brought in after being found on the streets of Broxtowe. He had a badly broken leg and was microchipped so the owners were contacted,” said Sam.
“However, his owners told us they couldn’t afford the vet bill which is why they had let him go. The RSPCA were informed and we took on Benji and gave him the attention he needed.
“He’s a big softie really, and he’s coped really well.”
More than half of the dogs at Babbington are Staffordshire bull terriers
“We have 50 of them, and almost one block is completely full of them, they’re such amazing dogs, but they’re so commonly abandoned that breeders need to stop,” said Sam.
“In some cases we have to put two dogs in one kennel, just to make sure we have room when the dog wardens bring more in.”
The centre currently works with Erewash, Amber Valley, Broxtowe and Gedling borough council dog wardens and often sees dogs abandoned at the bottom of Westby Lane where the dogs are temporarily homed.
The case of white English bull terrier Billie was very similar to that. He was left with another dog outside a farm near to the centre a few weeks ago.
“A farmer notified us after he’d seen a car drive off leaving two dogs behind, they weren’t even tied up to a post, which is what we usually experience,” she added.
“When looking at Billy, who is also seven, you can see burn marks on his skin.
“We think this is a heavy sign of mis-treatment, it looks like he probably had cigarettes stubbed out on him or burnt by something,” she said.
“These are all helpless animals that just need a chance.”
Six-year-old Mable, an English bulldog, which is a highly sort-after breed, would have cost her owners in excess of £1,500.
After being found abandoned at a nearby quarry, covered in mud, she has made her home at Babbington.
Missing an ear and looking slightly emaciated due to poor treatment, the centre is still full of hope for her.
Sam said: “She has a lovely nature and she’s still happy despite her history.
“You can see from her slightly lower jaw that she is a result of poor breeding which is something we are definitely seeing more of, it’s as though people are in a rush to make money.”
Babbington currently have more 14 members of paid staff and an extensive list of volunteers who come out to walk and look after the dogs.
Should their capacity for 88 be filled then the responsbility then falls upon the dog wardens to decide what happens with the dogs which in some cases can even result in them being put down.
Tony and Sam added: “We’d just ask people to look at rescuing a dog before looking to buy one from a breeder.”
“The process is easy, after walking the dog you fall in love with, we’ll do a home check, and providing all is safe and well, you’ll be able to provide that dog with a lifelong loving home.”
Anybody interested in rehoming a dog should call Tony on 07725 315375 or drop into Babbington Rescue Centre on Westby Lane to find out more about what is required.