Dog rescue centre in crisis

Owner's death leaves volunteers desperately seeking homes for strays

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Paul Tighe, founder of the Dog House Foundation, who died last week

By Emma Randle

Dogs at an animal rescue charity in Huércal Overa are in danger of being left homeless after the death of the charity’s founder last weekend.

Paul Tighe, owner of the Dog House Foundation, died in the UK after a three-month-long battle with cancer.

Shirley Crawford, who heads up a small band of volunteers that helped Mr Tighe with his work, said: “We are all devastated. When Paul left to go for treatment in December he fully expected he would recover and be back here in a couple of months.”

Mr Tighe started rescuing abandoned dogs when he first arrived in the province in 2003, at times looking after nearly 100 animals, but with 52 at the centre when he left.

He dedicated his life to providing a good environment for the dogs, with six large compounds where they can roam free, live, eat and sleep together.

Mrs Crawford said his last wish was that good homes could be found for all the dogs.

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