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Buster was left outside after his previous owner fell ill and couldn’t walk him. The poor pooch is now hoping to find a home after being cared for by South East Dog Rescue (SEDR).
Kymm White, founder of the Kent-based charity, said: “Buster was a beloved member of the family, but the lady looking after him was too poor to walk him.
“She said he had been kept outside for two years and she felt sorry for him as he spent his days staring out the window in the house. Once I heard that, I could not stop myself.”
The lady’s son used to walk Buster when he could, but the 11-year-old spaniel has mobility issues.
When Buster arrived at the SEDR centre, his hair was matted and he was crying out for treatment.
Buster is looking for a new home
The spaniel spent two years locked out
Kymm told the Mirror: “The most important thing is that he’s here and getting the help he deserves.”
According to SEDR, Buster is quite anxious and cautious about making new friends, although he is learning to trust the staff.
He enjoys playing ball, but the team fears Buster is overdoing it as they try to figure out what’s causing his mobility issue.
Once Buster has been vet checked, X-rayed and treated, SEDR staff will begin searching for his next home.
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Buster has some mobility issues but needs to be checked by a vet
an english bulldog
Kymm said: “He will need a quiet retirement home where he can still enjoy his walks and the comforts of his home.”
Meanwhile, experts warned this week that English Bulldogs should be bred to have less extreme body characteristics – or risk being banned on welfare grounds.
A study has found that English Bulldogs are less healthy than other breeds and that many of the conditions they suffer from are related to the traits they were bred for.
Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College compared the risks of common disorders using veterinary practice records across the UK of 2,662 English bulldogs and 22,039 animals of other breeds.
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Milo the English Bulldog enjoying the 2019 Family Pet Show at Media City, Manchester
Their research, published in the journal Canine Medicine and Genetics, found the breed is twice as likely to be diagnosed with at least one more disorder than other dogs.
They showed predispositions for 24 of 43 specific disorders and were at significantly higher risk for respiratory, eye and skin problems, according to the study.
Only 9.7% of English bulldogs in the study were over the age of eight, compared to 25.4% of other breeds.
This supports the idea that a shorter lifespan for dogs is linked to their poorer health, the report authors said.
An English bulldog at the CACIB dog show in Dortmund
English Bulldogs were originally developed as a muscular, athletic dog for bullfighting.
They were later bred as show animals and pets with exaggerated features including short skulls, protruding lower jaws, skin folds, and stocky, heavy builds.
The breed has risen sharply in popularity over the past 10 years in the UK and remains popular despite the dogs physical characteristics that make them prone to serious health issues.
Other countries, such as the Netherlands and Norway, have restricted dog breeding in recent years.
Experts behind the study have called for a redefinition of English bulldog breed standards towards more subdued characteristics to allow the UK to avoid following the lead of other countries in banning the breed for welfare reasons.
Study author Dan O’Neill said: “These results suggest that the overall health of the English Bulldog is much lower than that of other dogs.
“However, what is of most concern is that so many of the health problems that English Bulldogs suffer from – such as skin fold dermatitis and respiratory problems – are directly linked to the extreme structure of their bodies for which they were selectively bred.
“Given the continued popularity of the breed, the body shape of typical English Bulldogs should be redefined towards more subdued physical characteristics.
“This will not only improve dog health, but could also allow the UK to avoid following other countries in banning the English bulldog on welfare grounds.”