2017 gets off to a bad start for stray dogs Tugz and Roger

The beginning of a new year is often hailed as an opportunity for a fresh start – but for two lonely dogs who found themselves wandering the streets of London, January did not get off to a good beginning.

Roger and Tugz became the first two residents through the doors of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in 2017 and the charity hopes their luck will now change for the better.

Roger, a six-year-old partially sighted Rottweiler, was discovered late on New Year’s Day near Croydon. A kind-hearted passer-by brought him in overnight to Battersea, where he is now receiving care from the Home’s veterinary staff. Tugz, an elderly Staffordshire Bull Terrier, was found loose in Tooting on 2 January and brought in by a resident worried for Tugz’ safety.

Both dogs are microchipped but Roger has no details assigned to his chip so Battersea cannot trace his owner. The Home has tried to contact Tugz’ registered owner after finding details on his microchip. In the meantime, both dogs will be kept warm and safe with plenty of food and attention while kennel staff wait to hear whether they will be claimed or whether they need to be carefully assessed in the hope of finding them loving new homes.

Battersea’s Intake Manager, Steven Craddock, said: “It’s always sad to see stray dogs like Tugz and Roger brought to us through no fault of their own, confused and forlorn, but Battersea is the best place for them while we try to locate their owners. If we have no luck, we will work on finding them new homes of their own. 

“However, this does go to show the importance of microchipping your pets and keeping their registered details up to date. Without this, Battersea has no way of tracing stray animals’ owners and must wait to see if they’re claimed. In April last year, it became law to microchip dogs so I’d suggest all dog owners make a New Year’s Resolution to take this simple step that can save both them and their pet pain and distress and help us reunite them with their four-legged friends as quickly as possible.”

Battersea looks after around 500 dogs and cats across its three sites at any one time. To enquire about rehoming one of the lost and abandoned animals in our care, visit our website.