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Lottie finds new Wiltshire home after 4 1/2 years in care

Lottie and Mike Rawlings (DT Salisbury)

12:58pm 2nd January 2018

A dog that's spent more than four and a half years in the care of a South Wiltshire charity has FINALLY found a new home!

Lottie, the six year old Crossbreed, has moved out of the Dogs Trust in Newton Tony and joined a family in Melksham.

She's spent more than 1,700 days in the charity's kennels.

Lottie's pictured here with her new owner Mike Rawlings, who's taking her on with partner Cheryl Gibbens.

Lottie, Sam Hempenstall and Mike Rawlings 1 (DT Salisbury)

Ahead of Lottie's rehoming, she had some help from a canine carer Sam Hempenstall (pictured above) to improve her behaviour and adaptability to living with a new family.

Mike said:

"We're so excited to have Lottie in our family. After initially going into the rehoming centre for a tiny Terrier, we fell in love with Lottie the first time we saw her. We chatted to Sam and, after meeting Lottie several more times, we were pleased to be able to finally bring her home. She's settled in so well and we're so proud of how she's doing. Her character is coming out more and more each day and she's such a friendly girl.

"We know that she was on a bespoke training plan at Dogs Trust and her behaviour and progress we've seen in the home is testament to the hard work Sam and the team put into her. She's doing so well and he really has been the best thing to happen to us."

Lottie, Sam Hempenstall and Mike Rawlings 2 (DT Salisbury)

Lottie with Mike and her canine carer Sam

Lottie's one of more than 370 canines that have been rehomed by the local branch of the charity throughout 2017.

The charity still has around 50 dogs in their care.

Tery Laffin, Rehoming Centre Manager at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said:

"However long a dog is with us, whether it's a week or two or several years, we work with them, focusing on whatever will help them find their perfect home and when that pays off it's an incredible feeling.

"Lottie needed quite a specific home to suit her needs so thankfully, she has really landed on her paws with her new owners and we couldn't be happier."

If you would like to welcome a dog into your home in 2018, please call 0300 303 0292 or visit Dogs Trust Salisbury at 45 Amesbury Road, Newton Tony, Salisbury, SP4 0HW.

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