Puppy found dumped by side of road

NEAALM110301F1 - Babbington Rescue. Benny four months with kennel assistant Laura Rowan. Benny was found in Watnall and needed an eye operation which he has had.
NEAALM110301F1 - Babbington Rescue. Benny four months with kennel assistant Laura Rowan. Benny was found in Watnall and needed an eye operation which he has had.

A THREE-MONTH-OLD puppy with a serious eye condition has been found dumped in Watnall.

Benny the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was found covered in dirt on the side of Main Road and taken to Babbington Rescue Kennels in Awsworth.

Staff at the centre sent him for a £400 operation earlier this week to cure his condition, known as ‘cherry eye’, but now desperately need donations to help pay the bill.

Kennel owner Tony Sanderson said he had raised £160 from donations so far, but he still needs another £340.

“Everybody is so interested in sorting him out because he’s such a lovely natured dog,” he said. “He’s got a beautiful temperament.”

Benny was found by a Broxtowe Borough Council dog warden last week and was more than likely dumped because of his costly eye complaint.

Mr Sanderson said he was probably left in a wood or a park which would explain why he was covered in dirt.

Babbington Rescue, in Westby Lane, is also raising money for a £95,000 refurbishment to its main shelter.

The 31-kennel shelter is over 60 years old and needs to be completely knocked down and rebuilt. It will be modernised and given indoor walkways for the public to see the dogs and fitted with another seven kennels.

Mr Sanderson said: “It’s in a state and is not up to standard because it’s so old.”

He has raised £12,000 from donations and contributed over £40,000 out of his own pocket, but still needs to find another £40,000.

If you are interested in giving Benny or any other dog a home ring the kennels on 0115 917 3142 or visit babbington-rescue.org.uk.