Can you help Charles find a loving home?

Charles the mastiff cross is looking for a new home. He was rescued from a bad home by the RSPCA in Preston.
Charles the mastiff cross is looking for a new home. He was rescued from a bad home by the RSPCA in Preston.
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Charles the “gorgeous” Mastiff Cross is desperately searching for a new home after a tough start in life.

The RSPCA says the grey 22-month-old pooch came from a “bad home” where he was kept in yard so small that the puppy never learned to walk properly.

He and another dog were kept in cramped conditions and not given proper nutrition or exercise, leading to long term muscle damage for Charles.

But after the owners were taken to court, Charles and his friend arrived at Preston and District’s RSPCA Centre in July 2015.

At only seven months old Charles needed hydrotherapy treatment to improve the strength in his legs.

He was taken to Myerscough College’s Canine Health Studio where he was given free sessions as his carers tried to get him back on his feet.

The other dog was rehomed quickly after the two were signed over to the RSPCA by the courts, but Charles is still waiting to find a home.

A spokesman for Preston RSPCA said: “Charles is an excellent dog that adores attention and playing with his toys.

“He has a joyful personality and still displays very puppy like behaviour. Charles is very uncertain around new dogs and as a result would have to be walked in a muzzle while out in public. He has been wearing his muzzle while out on walks for 10 months so is completely used to wearing it.

“We are looking for any adult or adult family local to the Preston area that would be willing to foster or foster with a view to adopt Charles.

“He would have to be an only pet but would make for a tremendous pet and companion.”

And Charles has already won a lot of fans at the shelter.

Animal Care Assistant Alex Donkin said: “Charles is a delight to work with and I look forward to walking him every day.”

Fellow Animal Care Assistant Ashleigh Kay added: “Charles has a lot of love to give and is still waiting for a family he can cuddle, kiss and love with all his heart.

“ Charles is a gorgeous boy who is still a puppy at heart. He is definitely one of my favourite dogs at the centre. I love walking the big softie,” added Animal Care Assistant Emma Hindle.