Richard and Wendy Lloyd-Roberts with Mogwai - new homeTwo French bulldog pups found abandoned in a Pontypool cardboard box are set to become television stars, after a remarkable U-turn in RSPCA Cymru care.

Yoda and Mogwai will play a starring role in the first episode of the new series of The Dog Rescuers, the hit Channel 5 show, which follows the animal welfare work of the RSPCA.

They were found by a member of the public in Pontypool Park on Saturday 12 November, and were taken into RSPCA care in a very underweight state with extensive skin problems.

The Dog Rescuers will now follow their story – including their remarkable rehabilitation in RSPCA care, at the Newport Animal Centre. Both have now found loving new homes – with the show also scheduled to check-in with their loving new owners later in the series.

Yoda and Mogwai will feature as The Dog Rescuers returns to television screens tonight (Tuesday 27 June) at 8pm. The pups will kick-off the fifth season of the show, which is presented by Alan Davies.

Once again, the show will document the work the RSPCA does on the frontline to protect dog welfare.

The pups were just two of the 7,642 animals collected and rescued by RSPCA Cymru in 2016.

RSPCA inspector Simon Evans said: “They’re such beautifully ugly dogs – which is why the unusual names Yoda and Mogwai were chosen!

“When the pair came into our care, they were in a truly horrendous state; very underweight and with serious skin problems.

“Their U-turn in RSPCA care was truly remarkable, and it’s fantastic that their story is to play such a central role in the new series of the The Dog Rescuers. The public are sure to love following their story.

“Yoda and Mogwai’s journey is a reminder of two key parts of the RSPCA’s work – rescuing and re-homing animals. Their stories are just two of the amazing tales behind the thousands of animals RSPCA Cymru rescued in 2016.”

Mogwai’s new owner Richard Lloyd-Roberts, from South Staffordshire, said: “Mogwai is doing brilliantly. He’s made amazing progress in integrating into our family home – and after 48 hours it felt like he owned the place!

“He is so precious and rewarding for the whole family.

“We used to have Doberman dogs, and it broke our hearts when the last one died four years ago. We weren’t sure if we would haveYoda and Doreen Bunch - new owner another dog – but, by fate, we spotted Mogwai, and fell in love with him from day one.

“My wife has MS – and he is just amazing company for her. We couldn’t wish for a better dog. Mogwai had such a difficult start to life, but couldn’t have settled in any better and is such a special member of the family.”

Doreen Bunch from Somerset, Yoda’s new owner, said: “Yoda is absolutely fabulous. He’s a joy to have, and the whole family absolutely love him.

“We feel so blessed to have Yoda in our lives. It was love at first sight, and we’re thrilled to have re-homed him from the RSPCA.”

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