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Video: Home needed for Purdy, the Jack Russell with a 'wonky walk'

Seven-year-old Purdy, the Jack Russell with a 'wonky' walk needs a new home

An animal charity is appealing for help in finding a home for Purdy, a Jack Russell with a 'wonky walk'.

The seven-year-old arrived at the Dogs Trust's Ballymena shelter last August and shortly afterwards gave birth to two healthy pups.

But while the pups have since found a new home, Purdy - who has a limp caused by a deformity to one of her front legs - has always been overlooked by potential owners.

Staff have now appealed for the public to "look past her wonkiness" and consider giving the "absolute sweetheart" a loving, permanent home.

Assistant manager Sarah Park said Purdy is a "wonderful wee dog".

"All of us here adore Purdy; she often joins us in reception and keeps us all thoroughly entertained.

"Purdy had a nutrient deficiency as young pup which caused deformation in one of her front legs. She appears to walk with a limp but it doesn't cause her any pain or slow her down.

"She's a happy-go-lucky lady with a special personality and the looks to match. We think she's perfect just the way she is. She is such a great dog, so sadly it must be her age and deformity that is putting people off.

"Purdy is looking for a loving new home with adult owners or calm, older children as she loves plenty of peace and quiet."

If you think you can offer Purdy a home, contact Dogs Trust Ballymena on 0300 303 0292.

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