UK snow: Stormy rescued from the jaws of the mini Beast from the East

UK snow: Stormy rescued from the jaws of the mini Beast from the East

Nineteen year old Stormy the terrier cross collapsed after being shut outside as temperatures plunged to minus 3C.

Luckily, an anonymous call through to the RSPCA meant the short-coated pet – aged 92 in dog years – could get expert care at a leading animal centre.

The RSPCA found Stormy at an address in Coventry earlier this month when some of the coldest weather in years was biting.

“Unfortunately during the recent snowy weather we received a huge number of calls – many of which were people who were concerned for dogs that had been shut outside in gardens, despite the freezing temperatures,” explained RSPCA inspector Herchy Boal.

“The RSPCA is restricted in what we can do in many of these situations as, while we certainly wouldn’t advise keeping dogs outside, it is not illegal to do so if the dog has adequate shelter.

“However, in some cases, there is an urgent need for our involvement and, when we receive reports of vulnerable and exposed animals in this type of weather, we know we need to respond quickly.”

With temperatures below freezing and, at such advanced years, Inspector Boal took Stormy to be checked by vets at the RSPCA's Newbrook Farm Animal Hospital in Birmingham.

After checks and dental work, Stormy is now being prepared to become the oldest dog ever rehomed by the centre.

“Despite his age, Stormy is in generally good health and we’d like to find him a lovely new home,” Inspector Boal said.

“He’s a really sweet little dog and he’d make the perfect companion for an older person who wants to share their sofa with a new friend.”

Anyone who is interested in offering Stormy a new home should contact RSPCA Newbrook Farm Animal Centre by calling 0300 123 8585.

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