Families line up for pup

BY DANIEL LYNCH
Last updated 05:00 16/09/2010
SHAGGY DOG: Jimmy the three-legged bearded-collie cross has fully recovered from an attack that required his leg to be amputated and now loves to have fun just like any other puppy.
CAMERON BURNELL/Taranaki Daily News
SHAGGY DOG: Jimmy the three-legged bearded-collie cross has fully recovered from an attack that required his leg to be amputated and now loves to have fun just like any other puppy.

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Families from all over New Zealand have offered to adopt Jimmy, the brave bearded-collie cross puppy which had a leg amputated after being attacked with an iron bar last month.

SPCA area manager Andrea Collins said the response to Jimmy's plight had been overwhelming since the story of the attack ran in the Taranaki Daily News and was posted online.

"We have had over 20 people wanting to adopt Jimmy after reading the story on Stuff and inquires have come from as far as Auckland to Oamaru," Mrs Collins said.

It has been just over two weeks since the attack left Jimmy needing his front right leg amputated and the six-month-old pup is now hopping along without any problems.

Shelter manager Vanessa Gee is pleased with how quickly Jimmy's wound has healed.

"It's been a remarkable recovery. He's just full of life and he clearly loves people and other dogs too, despite what he has been through," Mrs Gee said.

SPCA staff are going through the candidates to find him the most suitable home.

Mrs Collins said they needed to take into account whether the family could give him lots of attention and whether there were other dogs he could play with.

"We are looking for a fenced section as well. He is a working breed of dog so naturally he will want to chase sheep which could be an issue for neighbours," Mrs Collins said.

Jimmy's operation cost more than $800 and the public is welcome to donate to the puppy's cause by contacting the SPCA on 06 758 2053.

Kereama Phillips, a 33-year-old Waitara man will reappear in the New Plymouth District Court today to face charges related to Jimmy.

Daniel Lynch is a Witt journalism student

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