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Animal lovers set to walk together at event organised to help dogs found dumped on rural road

PUBLISHED: 11:10 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:10 24 October 2018

Kathryn Cross, second right, at Centre Paws Norfolk at Barnards Farm at Wymondham. With her from left, Collie Bass, agility trainer Jayne Widdess, Blackberry, and groomer Sam Johnson. A fundraising walk for the Syderstone dumped dogs will be taking place on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Kathryn Cross, second right, at Centre Paws Norfolk at Barnards Farm at Wymondham. With her from left, Collie Bass, agility trainer Jayne Widdess, Blackberry, and groomer Sam Johnson. A fundraising walk for the Syderstone dumped dogs will be taking place on Sunday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A group of abused dogs found abandoned in rural Norfolk could soon be welcomed into new homes.

RSPCA Inspector Dean Astillberry with one of the dogs, believed to be a leonberger type dog, that were found dumped at Syderstone, now cleaned up and groomed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRSPCA Inspector Dean Astillberry with one of the dogs, believed to be a leonberger type dog, that were found dumped at Syderstone, now cleaned up and groomed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The seven dogs were rescued from Creake Road in Syderstone , near Fakenham, on Monday, October 15, with bloodshot eyes and matted hair sticking to their thin bodies.

But the dogs have spent the week being brought back into good health by the team at Dogotel Kennels in West Norfolk.

Since then, groups across the country have rallied together to help pay for their treatment and rehabilitation.

And this Sunday October 28, dog lovers from across the region will be joining forces at Centre Paws Norfolk, at Barnards Farm, Wymondham, to take part in fundraising walk to support the rescued Newfoundlands.

Lauren Nicholls, groomer at the Dogotel at Hillington, with one of the dogs, believed to be a newfoundland type dog, that were found dumped at Syderstone, which is still to be groomed and cleaned up. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYLauren Nicholls, groomer at the Dogotel at Hillington, with one of the dogs, believed to be a newfoundland type dog, that were found dumped at Syderstone, which is still to be groomed and cleaned up. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The business hub for all things canine is the brainchild of Kathryn Cross, who owns the land it is situated on.

She said: “We were horrified to see the state of the Newfoundlands and other large breeds that were dumped by the side of the road in north Norfolk this week. And then more in Leicestershire.

“Reports suggest they had been kept in squalid conditions in a puppy farm for intensive breeding. They are now in the care of the RSPCA but the Newfoundland Club UK Welfare has offered to help pay for treatment and rehabilitation.

“We want to raise some funds to help towards their ongoing care and hopefully realise a happy future for all these beautiful dogs. So what better way than a group walk around the farm with our furry friends - including a Newfoundland or two - and also raise awareness of the need to shut down all puppy farms and prosecute their despicable owners.

RSPCA Inspector Dean Astillberry with one of the dogs, believed to be a leonberger type dog, that were found dumped at Syderstone, now cleaned up and groomed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYRSPCA Inspector Dean Astillberry with one of the dogs, believed to be a leonberger type dog, that were found dumped at Syderstone, now cleaned up and groomed. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

“It looks like the dogs found at Syderstone are going to have a much brighter future but if we can help fund their rehabilitation, vet bills, fostering costs or even buy a hamper of goodies for their new owners it will be something positive and help put whatever awful life they had before behind them.”

All donations will go directly to Newfoundland Club UK Welfare and hot drinks, bacon rolls and pupcakes will be provided to participants.

There have also been other charity events which have taken place at Centre Paws Norfolk including walks for Super Sighthound Rescue, Wetnose Animal Aid based in Bungay, and Settusfree. The team also held a Macmillan Coffee Morning where funds were split with the Animal Cancer Trust.

This Saturday October 27 they will be hosting a pupcake sale for Dogs For Good as part of Dogtober and in conjunction with Helen Tyler who runs Barking Mad Dog Care in south Norwich.

RSPCA inspector Dean Astillberry said the Syderstone dogs had been clipped of their matted hair and were looking good .

Mr Astillberry added that the dogs – which are all either Leonberger-types, Newfoundland-types or crosses between the two – ranged from one-to-two to over five years old. He said the canines would be in care for at least a week, and then they would be available for re-homing.

Eight more dogs of similar breeds were found dumped the same day on a Leicestershire road between Nottingham and Grantham.

Mr Astillberry said it would be a “coincidence beyond belief” if the two incidents were not related.

He said they had already received plenty of calls about the dumpings, suggesting leads from members of the public.

The Newfoundland Club UK, which is one of the oldest dog breed clubs in the world, has offered the RSPCA practical and financial support following the incidents.

An investigation continues into who left the animals for dead.

- Anyone with information about the dumpings is asked to contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

- Anyone interested in re-homing the dogs should contact the West Norfolk RSPCA Rehoming Centre at Eau Brink, King’s Lynn, on 01553 618889.

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