Cindy rescued from a ‘dog’s life’ in Greece

Eric and Inga Silverberg from Stubbington with Cindy a dog which they rescued during a visit to Greece.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14612-2) PPP-140403-202224003
Eric and Inga Silverberg from Stubbington with Cindy a dog which they rescued during a visit to Greece.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14612-2) PPP-140403-202224003
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SHE’S travelled all the way from the streets of a Greek island, but Cindy the dog still hasn’t found a home.

The two-year-old was spotted at an informal pet shelter on the island of Poros by Eric and Inga Silverberg of Stubbington.

The couple agreed to foster Cindy until a permanent home could be found.

Mrs Silverberg said: ‘Over the last few weeks she’s really come out.

‘She greets us in the morning with a big, wagging tail.

‘She never makes a mess in the house. She’ll make a lovely pet for somebody.’

Cindy is a cross who looks like a miniature border collie.

Mr Silverberg said: ‘She had all her documentation and is ready to move into somebody’s home straight away.’

The couple travel to Poros each year to help charity Poros Animal Welfare rescue dogs from the streets.

The dogs are neutered and vaccinated and given an animal passport before being transported abroad to be rehomed.

Mr Silverberg said strays face a tough life in Greece, especially since the country’s economic breakdown which has meant few people have the money to care for pets.

He said: ‘Sometimes poison is put down for the dogs because they happen to be a nuisance.’

Mr Silverberg said they couldn’t care for Cindy long-term because they already had a dog – Tara, who they adopted from the RSPCA eight years ago.

He said: ‘We’re softies as far as animals are concerned.’

Whiteley resident Dee Dolby also makes regular trips to Poros to rescue strays.

She said animals from the island are good-natured and make wonderful companions.

Anyone interested in adopting Cindy can call the Silverbergs on 01329 608235. For information about adopting or fostering pets from Poros, contact Mrs Dolby on 01489 881279.