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Love letter: Abandoned in a church, this Staffie will soon be back with his loving human

It’s always a relief when an abandoned dog is taken under the wing of loving humans and given a forever home. But it’s not the only way the story can end happily. Read this one and weep, courtesy of the RSPCA

After being found tied up with a heart-wrenching note, a brindle and white Staffordshire bull terrier-cross has found his way back to his owner.

Cracker – whose real name is Roonie – was found in Blackpool on 18th December, with a note from his owner that read:

“Please believe me when I say I haven’t done this easily. My dog means the world to me and I don’t know what else to do. I’ve no home or money now for him. Life has taken a really bad turn for me and I couldn’t imagine him being outside with me cold and hungry.

“My heart is broken and I will truly miss him more than words can say. I hope he can be found a new home he deserves. I love you and I am so so so sorry.”

The note also said Cracker is a “placid, friendly, loving dog”.

Cracker is now being cared for by the Longview Animal Centre, run by RSPCA Blackpool & North Lancs branch.

Will Lamping, the RSCPA inspector who collected Roonie, said: “Cracker’s story has really captured the hearts of the nation and everyone has fallen in love with this little dog. The outpouring of support for Cracker – and his owners – and the publicity his story has received resulted in us finding Cracker’s owner.

“We’re so pleased that Cracker – who is actually named Rooney – will be going back to his owner once she’s back on her feet. She is receiving support from local charity, Street Paws, who will now take care of Rooney until Alison* is ready to have him home.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has shared Rooney’s story, offered help and support to his owner, enquired about offering him a home and played a part in enabling us to reunite Alison and Rooney and get this lovely dog back home where he belongs.”

StreetPaws founder, Michelle Southern, said: “Rooney’s story has really touched the hearts of the nation, but sadly it’s not uncommon. People who have no home are forced to make heartbreaking decisions to give up their pets as they have no other choice.

“Street Paws is committed to keeping people in crisis and their pets together.  We offer support across the UK to relieve animal suffering by providing free of charge veterinary care and emergency kennel space to homeless people and those suffering the effects of extreme poverty.

“We recognised Rooney when pictured in the media, and were relieved when his owner was found as she loves him very much.”

To support Street Paws and help homeless people and their dogs, please visit Street Paws. The charity is also looking for vets and vet nurses, as well as charity partners, to join its team.

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