Winston the bulldog’s still in need of a home

Rescued English Bull Dog Winston. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141182-901)
Rescued English Bull Dog Winston. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141182-901)
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Winston the bulldog is still homeless after receiving life-saving surgery despite a fundraising appeal to help him and a flood of applications.

The 15-month old was given to the RSPCA’s Stubbington Ark after his owners could not cope with his care needs.

And he has been on a rollercoaster of a ride ever since arriving in January.

He needed emergency life-saving surgery, which a local vet did at a reduced cost.

Now a plea has gone out for an experienced bulldog owner to come forward and adopt him.

Paul Long-Collins, 51, oversees Stubbington Ark where Winston is housed.

He said: ‘We need to find the right owner with bulldog experience as Winston has ongoing problems.’

When Winston first arrived at the shelter, he needed surgery costing thousands of pounds to fix problems with his knees and his eyes, commonly found in bulldogs.

Luckily for Winston, Ben Trimmer, owner of Downland Veterinary group, in Havant, agreed to do the surgery at a fraction of the cost, saving the dog’s life.

Mr Trimmer, 36, from Denmead said: ‘Winston is a definite success story. He has made good progress and is now walking 25 minutes, several times a day without any problems.’

Winston was also helped by donations made by the public to pay for the surgery.

Things were looking good for Winston, who recovered well from the operations and a family was found for him by the RSPCA.

But this family failed to get back in touch with the shelter and the adoption fell through, meaning Winston was once again back in the pound.

Mr Long-Collins, from Fareham, said: ‘It was likely that he was going to a new homee.

‘Unfortunately the people that we thought we had haven’t come back to us.

‘We have effectively put him back up for adoption so we are still looking for that perfect family for him.’

Mr Timmer added: ‘Winston is a great character, but he has a lot of energy and they need to be ready for that.’

Anyone interested in adopting Winston should contact either Mr Long-Collins or Steve Baxter on 01329 666912 or visit Stubbington Ark Animal Centre, Ranvilles Lane, Fareham.