Damson in distress - the puppy abandoned and tied to a lamppost

Damson the puppy was found tied to a lamppost
Damson the puppy was found tied to a lamppost
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Little Damson the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy didn’t have the best start to life.

At just three months old she was found abandoned, tied to a lamp-post in Morley near Leeds and suffering from a broken leg.

Mark Parry from Hipperholme near Halifax has adopted Damson, from the Dogs' Trust in Leeds. Picture: Tony Johnson

Mark Parry from Hipperholme near Halifax has adopted Damson, from the Dogs' Trust in Leeds. Picture: Tony Johnson

But now Damson is no longer in distress - having found her forever home, thanks to the Dogs Trust.

Her new owners Mark Parry and Michelle Ingall have given her a fresh start and now the lovable pup is “really part of the family”.

Mr Parry, 47, from Halifax said: “We wanted to rescue a dog and give one a second chance, not buy one from a breeder, so we went to the Dogs Trust Leeds Rehoming Centre. Unfortunately, there were no dogs to fit our lifestyle at the centre that day. We came home feeling quite dejected but then we got a phone call from Dogs Trust saying that they had a Staffie puppy who needed a home. It was a no-brainer.”

Damson is now well on the mend after having an operation on her leg and has settled into her new home. Mr Parry said: “Staffies get such a bad press but they are beautiful dogs. She’s such a pleasant dog - but she is absolutely bonkers and chews all her toys! She just loves her cuddles, and will always curl up on me. She’s made quite an impact on our family already.”

Amanda Sands, rehoming centre manager, said: “It was a dreadful situation. The poor thing had been left tied to a lamppost just with her bed and was obviously in a lot of pain. We have no idea how she came to be injured but thankfully the operation was a success and so we were able to start looking for a new home for her. We weren’t surprised when she stole someone’s heart within a matter of days!”