Abandoned strays need new homes
Dog wardens are appealing to experienced pet owners who can offer a new home to a loveable stray.
The team at Blaby District Council have fallen for one-year-old Missy, who was found wandering the streets.
Michelle Ikin, senior dog warden, said she has made huge progress in the time she has been with them but needs a patient owner who can help her "enjoy life again".
"When she first arrived she was barking at everyone in an attempt to get us to leave her alone."
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But now with time and patience she had become very friendly, she said.
"Since this breakthrough, we have seen a very different side to her. She is extremely lively and literally throws herself at you to be fussed and played with. Playing ball games is one of her favourite things to do and will keep her busy for hours."
Missy has been in kennels for the past four months and due to her nervousness has had hardly any interest.
Ms Ikin added: "We want to find her a quiet home with experienced owners who have the time and patience to let Missy find herself and give her the chance to enjoy life again.
Around 160 strays are picked up each year by the local authority's dog wardens and about half of these are left homeless.
All animals are assessed, vaccinated, microchipped and neutered where possible. A fee of £105 is charged to cover the costs. Anyone who feels they may be able to offer Missy or any other stray a home should contact the council on 0116 272 7555 or 07823 533290.