A Patterdale terrier, named Pudding, will be celebrating her first loving family Christmas this year after suffering horrific injuries caused by illegal animal fighting*.


Pudding, who is around 10-years-old was rehomed by the RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen animal centre in Colwyn Bay after spending 20 months in the charity’s care.


Previously nicknamed Little Miss Sunshine by the centre staff, the small dog had been used for badger digging by her previous owners and suffered facial disfigurements including the loss of part of her lips.


As a result, despite having a loving and friendly personality, Pudding just couldn’t find a new home.


Becky Lloyd, from Bryn-y-Maen said:  “We tried so hard to find Little Miss Sunshine a new home and we had lots and lots of enquiries which we really appreciated.


“However, because of her background she really needed to be the only dog in a home so this, together with her facial scars, meant that she really struggled to find a new owner.


Pudding fast asleep in her new home

“We’re now so happy that she is in a new loving home – she is such a lovely friendly dog despite all she has been through that she more than deserves a happy Christmas.”


This month, Pudding went home with an animal behaviourist**, who came all the way from Somerset to give her a new start and a brand new name.  Her new owner said:  “We were searching on the RSPCA website for a Jack Russell but when I saw Pudding my heart melted.  She has been an absolute delight since we collected her.  She meets other dogs very well and sleeps all night – she seems to be happy with everything and so affectionate!


“Her favourite thing is lying in the sun and she moves around the living room following the sun throughout the day so she always gets the best spot.


“I’m really grateful to the RSPCA centre who gave us lots of information and a very thorough pre-adoption talk with us.  We will certainly have a very happy Christmas with our little Christmas Pudding.”


If you would like to find out about giving an animal from the RSPCA Bryn-y-Maen animal centre a new home for the New Year, please email brynymaen@rspca.org.uk or call 0300 123 0745 after 3 January 2013 as the centre is closed for rehoming enquiries until the New Year.


To find an animal which desperately needs a new home please visit http://www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/rehoming