Prime Minister's new rescue puppy arrives at Number 10 - here's what they've named him

Downing Street has a new resident after rescue puppy Dilyn entered Number 10.

Monday, 2nd September 2019, 3:54 pm
Updated Monday, 2nd September 2019, 4:09 pm
A 15-week-old Jack Russell-cross puppy adopted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds arrives in Downing Street, London. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his girlfriend Carrie Symonds have given a new home to the Jack Russell.

Ms Symonds said he was a ‘gorgeous little rescue puppy’ as she shared pictures of him in the Downing Street garden.

The rescue dog came from the Friends of Animals Wales charity, which said he ‘will be living his best life with Carrie and the Prime Minister at their Downing Street home’.

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The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: ‘They are a fantastic charity run by volunteers who work around the clock to make a difference to animals.

‘The Prime Minister has always been a passionate supporter of animal welfare and has always believed that animals should always get the right start in life.

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‘That's why the Government has taken such significant action in this area, and that obviously includes introducing Lucy's Law.’

Lucy's Law was aimed at cracking down on puppy farms.

Ms Symonds said Dilyn was rescued by Friends of Animals Wales' Eilieen Jones ‘after she got a tip-off that he was to be dumped by a puppy dealer because he was born with a crooked jaw’.

In a statement, Friends of Animals Wales said: ‘We knew that Carrie Symonds has always been a huge animal welfare advocate and we are absolutely overjoyed that this gorgeous pup will be living his best life with Carrie and the Prime Minister at their Downing Street home.

‘To think our little 'wonky' pup started his life in a Welsh puppy farm and was destined for an uncertain existence at the hands of a puppy dealer, but is now going to be with people who absolutely adore him is a dream come true.

‘This little man will want for nothing in his life, what could be better than that?

‘And how fantastic to be raising the profile of rescue dogs everywhere in the process.’

The PM's spokesman could not confirm whether the puppy - who is a few months old - had been toilet trained.

‘It's a rescue puppy, it has been rescued by the charity Friends of Animals Wales, and they have been caring for the puppy so far,’ the spokesman said.

The dog belongs to Mr Johnson and Ms Symonds and would be expected to leave Number 10 when the PM leaves office.