Dog found in Blackpool church set to be returned to owner

A dog found tied up in a church with a note of apology is to go back to his original owner.

The seven-year-old Staffie, named Cracker (by the RSPCA), was found at Sacred Heart Church in Blackpool on 18 December. The dog, who is actually called Rooney, is to be returned to his owner Alison, who is from the area.

Charity Street Paws is to look after Rooney until Alison is ready to have him back.

Rooney was found tied up near to the altar in the church with a note, which said: “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. “I love you and I am so so so sorry.”

Rooney the dog
Image of Rooney

RSPCA inspector Will Lamping, who collected Rooney, said the reporting around the dog’s discovery had led to Alison being traced. “We’re so pleased that Cracker – who is actually called Rooney – will be going back to his owner once she’s back on her feet,” he said.

StreetPaws founder Michelle Southern said she was relieved when his owner was found as “she loves him very much”. “Rooney’s story has really touched the hearts of the nation, but sadly it’s not uncommon,” Ms Southern said. “People who have no home are forced to make heartbreaking decisions to give up their pets as they have no other choice.”

Fundraiser, Katy Biddulph is raising funds for Alison and Rooney, you can donate here.


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    Jenny Wright , Doglost co- ord for West Hampshire 1 year ago

    What a caring owner , must of been so hard, so nice they have been reunited and hopefully wont be too long before they are back living together .Well done all who helped to make this happen xxxx

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    Jayne 1 year ago

    Well done street paws! Again!

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    Natalia Baker 1 year ago

    Such a wonderful story. Really hope this lovely, caring owner and her beautiful dog are reunited very soon. Please donate if you can, everyone and help make this happen. Every penny helps. Thank you x

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