STAFF at Dogs Trust Manchester are looking for a home for a dog that was tied to the railings of the rehoming centre during the night.

Staff were shocked to find the Caucasian Shepherd, Oscar, tied up outside the entrance to the Denton-based rehoming centre when they were opening up around 6.30am on Friday, January 3.

Claire Lavin, assistant manager at Dogs Trust Manchester, said: “This is the first time this has happened since we opened in 2014 and it was really upsetting and such a shock. He was tied up with his lead but he is a big, strong boy and we are just very lucky that he hadn’t managed to pull himself free.”

Nobody has come forward to claim Oscar, two, so he is now ready to find a new, loving home with an active family and he could happily live with children aged fourteen and over.

Claire said: “Oscar is really friendly boy who greets us with a waggy tail every day! He loves getting out and about so we are looking for an active family and also a family who are willing to continue with his training as he still has lots to learn, including walking nicely on the lead rather than trying to get everywhere as quickly as possible.

“He is full of fun and we really hope that after the tough start he has had to 2020, he will very soon be settled in his new home.”

On average, Dogs Trust receives one call every six minutes from people wanting to give up their dog.

Claire added:“ We would encourage anyone thinking of getting a dog to do their research and make sure they’re ready for the commitment before taking one on.

“People have to give up their dogs for all sorts of unavoidable reasons and if that’s the case, we would ask people to contact a rescue centre. That way we can find out as much as possible about the dog which helps us find them their ideal home as quickly as possible, and of course it means we can avoid unnecessary suffering and distress to the dog.”

If you think Oscar could be the perfect match for you, please call the centre on 0161 470 1042, visit at Parkway, Denton, M34 3SG or to find out more go to


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Notes to Editors

About the Dogs Trust

Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for 15,000 dogs across its network of 20 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin. Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy and will never put a healthy dog to sleep. The charity also focuses its efforts on understanding dogs and sharing that knowledge with the wider public to prevent problem behaviours that can result in relinquishment or abandonment. We are working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.