Huge response to veteran’s dog food appeal

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DOG food donations have helped a military veteran keep his faithful friend.

The veteran, who has not been named, asked the East Hampshire branch of the military charity Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmens’ Families Association for help with food for his dog.

In turn, SSAFA contacted East Hampshire District Council’s dog warden team which put an appeal out on the Help Home East Hampshire Hounds Facebook page. That resulted in a deluge of dog food donations.

Dog warden Neil Burton said: ‘The dog has changed the outlook and life of the veteran for the better and SSAFA has said it is imperative the pair are not separated, as both are helping each other.

‘The relationship between a dog and its owner is a mutually beneficial one and all dog lovers know the happiness and satisfaction brought by having one as a companion.’

The appeal, which has now closed, brought in enough food and treats to last the dog around three months. Pet owners from across the area contributed, with the largest donation coming from Dog Control Services Limited.