In the dog house

Animal charity in crisis hauled over coals for rejecting Dutch rescue package

'Sundance' - “a softie with a smile” -one of the dogs still needing a home

By Emma Randle


A dog rescue centre in Huércal Overa is facing a storm of criticism from dog lovers after it turned down an offer from a rescue centre in Holland to re-home all the animals.

The Dog House Foundation is facing closure after its founder and owner, Paul Tighe, died from cancer last month.

Volunteers have been desperately seeking homes for around 30 dogs, holding fundraising events and asking for donations.

Helper Christine Clement, however, is concerned that volunteers running the charity refused an offer from a rescue centre in Holland to take all the dogs.

Speaking to CA News she said: “A real opportunity has been lost. The people from Holland were prepared to come down and collect all the dogs at their own expense.”

The claims are strongly refuted by the Dog House, however.

Head volunteer, Shirley Crawford said: “It is true we were made a very nice offer from Poordog Stiftung, but there was a time limit for getting the dogs ready and we just did not have enough money to inoculate, neuter and chip all the dogs in time.”

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