Mum and puppies start new lives after being rescued from ‘unsanitary’ conditions

A family of lurchers are starting their new lives in lovely new homes after being rescued by the RSPCA from ‘unsanitary’ conditions.

Twelve-year-old lurcher Ceeva and her eight puppies were signed over to the RSPCA from County Durham in January.

Inspector Krissy Raine, who responded to concerns for their welfare, said: “They were living in filthy, unsanitary conditions, and were all infested with worms and suffering from diarrhoea.

“Ceeva was really underweight and there were concerns that her owner couldn’t afford to feed her and the puppies.”

Ceeva and her pups – Faith, Felix, Finn, Flora, Florence, Flossy, Frank and Fred – were taken in by RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre, in Chester le Street.

Finn went to his new home at the start of February. His owner, Barbara*, from Durham, said: “Finn has settled in very well. He’s very affectionate and playful, and such a handsome little chap. He’s a lovely little boy and we feel very lucky to have him.”

Frank is settling in well with Nic* and his family in Chester-le-Street. Nic said: “Frank is strong-willed, very playful, as speedy as a rocket and a fast learner! He’s already started to pick up new habits and reserved seats in each of the rooms in the house so he always has a comfy spot to snooze in. We love him so much already.”

Flora – now renamed Tilly – is loving life with Amanda* in South Tyneside. She said: “She is starting to come out of her shell and show she is really bubbly. She soon decided she likes a comfy sofa – or, even better, a comfy lap – to rest on and loves her food. She’s sleeping well at night, waking up to visit the garden and we’re now trying to teach her not to bite!

“I work from home so she’s already appeared on a number of meetings and charmed everyone she has met. She loves watching the telly and is enjoying the Winter Olympics! She is such a joy and great fun; I’m really looking forward to our journey together!”

Ceeva – now renamed Eva – has also been reserved and has had several successful meet and greets with her new owner, Lorna*. She is due to go to her new home once she’s recovered from her neutering surgery.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care – like Ceeva and her pups – please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.