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Couple behind UK’s solely Dalmation sanctuary hoping to make new residence in Lancashire


The couple behind the UK’s solely Dalmatian sanctuary have been pressured shut – and at the moment are on the lookout for a brand new residence in Lancashire.

Sue Bell, 54, runs the rescue centre alongside companion Dave Haywood, 56, the place they dwell with 31 canines.

They deal with the rehomed pooches like “youngsters” – letting them dwell inside their transformed steady and permitting them on sofas and beds.

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However they’re now making an pressing plea for assist to discover a new residence for his or her household – as their remoted location has grow to be “uninhabitable”.

DAS Dalmatians is at present primarily based simply outdoors Newton Abbott, Devon – or the “center of nowhere”, as they describe it. The property will get flooded each time it rains, and the roads are so dangerous the emergency companies can not attain it.

Sue mentioned: “We dwell in a steady that’s down a bridleway. Nobody will ship something. A couple of weeks in the past we had {an electrical} fireplace, and we had been very fortunate that Dave and I had been awake in any other case who is aware of what might have occurred.”

The couple had been pressured to cease taking in new canines final month as a result of state of their premises. However they wish to preserve to proceed on their mission to assist Dalmatians, so they’re now interesting for dog-friendly potential landlords to get in contact.

Sue obtained her first spotty canine from a rescue centre again within the mid 90s, however needed to return it when her marriage ended. The centre’s coverage was to not give updates – which her coronary heart – so she made a vow to “assist folks at some point and allow them to know their canines had been cared for”.

It began a fascination for his or her “distinctive nature” – prompting Sue and Dave to deal with 31 canines. The couple dwell in a triple steady, with a kitchen, two bedrooms, a toilet and a lounge – which is normally stuffed with Dalmatians.

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And life with a pack of canines is hard – because it means getting up earlier than dawn to let the canines out into their area.

Sue mentioned: “Biscuit likes to sing to us at 5:30am each morning till one in every of us will get up and let’s him onto our mattress. Fortunately he is the one one which does that!”

The canines do not dwell in kennels or cages – as a substitute lounging about on the beds and sofas round their transformed steady residence. Dinnertime consists of shovelling out 15kg of canine biscuits each day, with Sue available to ensure each canine will get sufficient.

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Sue, a full-time canine mum, mentioned: “Life with these canines is insanity – however I would not have it another manner. It’s a must to be dotty to have so many spotties! I’ve at all times cherished canines however I really like dalmatians as a result of they’re totally different.

“I do that work as a result of as a result of I wish to assist – each previous or finish of life canine deserves to spend the remainder of it’s days being cherished in consolation and to depart this earth with kindness and dignity.

“Dalmatians are a really totally different breed to another and it’s my manner of paying again for having to rehome my Milly and serving to others to undergo it.”

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The primary canine the couple helped was a six-month-old pet who was being bought as a part of a drug deal.

Sue mentioned: “The poor little mite was very skinny, soiled and stunk of smoke. We have now been requested to assist an increasing number of canines over time and have by no means wished to cease.”

The couple have saved greater than 400 canines since they opened their sanctuary in 2016.

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“We’re requested to assist Dalmatians by the general public, vet practices, different rescues, APHA, social staff, members of the family whose relations can’t cope anymore – the checklist goes on,” Sue added.

The couple rehome the Dalmatians which might be in a position to dwell a standard life after being assessed and rehabilitated, however take within the “youngsters” that can’t be rehomed.

“These pups stick with us without end being cherished and having the most effective we may give them”, she mentioned.

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“We additionally assist canines that different rescues say no to.

“If a canine wants our assist, I’ll do no matter I can do to assist if we’ve got room however sadly for the time being, we can’t assist canines which might be threatened to be euthanised as we wouldn’t have room to maintain them separated whereas being assessed.”

Their youngest canine at present is Bobby, a six-month-old pet.

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Sue mentioned: “He was caught hidden in a coach coming in from an non-EU nation, was seized and never claimed and APHA requested us if we might assist. He is gone by 3 months of absolute hell.

“We’ve paid his £2,200 quarantine invoice and his £250 transport invoice to get him to us from Dover – and all cash to avoid wasting him was donated by our great DAS household of supporters in 2 days.

“We have now a tremendous following and really feel so fortunate.”

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The eldest of their doggy workforce are Zakky and Zena, aged 13 who’ve been with Sue for 2 years. The pair are brother and sister whose proprietor died and left them on their very own.

Sue mentioned: “Zakky has an extended chunk historical past and bit Dave on assembly him – which might occur very often with new downside youngsters.

“Zakky took some time to understand he didn’t must chunk anymore and now is likely one of the household and really loving. Zena now has dementia however nonetheless is aware of con her Dad into sharing his meals together with her!

Sue Bell’s dalmation canines having fun with their residence close to Newton Abbot, Devon

“We stopped them from being separated – one other rescue was going to separate them up however they had been 11 years previous, it could have been terrible for them to try this so that they got here right here.”

When requested who her favorite pooch was, Sue mentioned: “We have now no favourites – they’re all very totally different and really lovable.

“Mouse – one in every of our deaf boys with piercing blue eyes and a exceptional ‘wonky’ ear is our mascot, not as a result of he’s favorite however as a result of he’s uncommon.”

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They should discover a new residence quickly to allow them to take extra canines – and ideally one that’s in a extra appropriate location, extra simply accessible for meals deliveries and vet visits.

Sue mentioned: “There are not any kennels and because the canines are free vary, they’re very completely satisfied and don’t bark. Maintaining them in a house surroundings is significantly better for his or her well-being.

“We dwell in a steady that’s down a bridleway. Nobody will ship something. We’re on the facet of a valley, so each time it rains it floods us. The roof has holes in it so we’re uncovered to the weather.

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“In summer season it’s so dusty – I get such dangerous chest infections. The street is so slender and bumpy that emergency companies are additionally unable to succeed in us. On Sunday we had {an electrical} fireplace, and we had been very fortunate that Dave and I had been awake in any other case who is aware of what might have occurred.”

Sue continued: “Folks do not realise that the canines are so quiet as a result of they do not dwell in kennels – they do not make a noise! We have now so many great canines that want our care, an enormous combination of ages – and we do not need them to dwell in mud anymore.”

Sue and Dave, who run the sanctuary full-time, are ideally after a long run let, inside a couple of hours drive of Morecambe Bay, in a rural setting with not less than an acre of land and a yard.

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