Happy ending for Norman as he finds a new home

Gillian Orr, pet coordinator, Christina Toman, assistant manager, and Percy the Pets at Home mascot hand over a cheque for �1,400 to George Anderson from Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary and Norman the greyhound. INNT 31-510CON
Gillian Orr, pet coordinator, Christina Toman, assistant manager, and Percy the Pets at Home mascot hand over a cheque for �1,400 to George Anderson from Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary and Norman the greyhound. INNT 31-510CON

A young racing greyhound that had its ears cut off before being abandoned in the Ballycraigy Road area at the end of June has found a loving new home.

The dog, named Norman by veterinary clinic staff who treated his shocking injuries, was found by police officers on the evening of Monday, June 24. His ears had been cut off to remove the birth and registration tattoos that allow greyhounds to be traced. He was also starving and severely malnourished.

The dog, thought to be about 18 months old, was taken to Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary where horrified staff described his injuries as “absolutely horrendous”.

But in a happy ending to Norman’s sad tale, George Anderson, chairman of the sanctuary, fell in love with him and decided to keep him, despite the many other rehoming offers from people all over the world.

Norman is now settling in to his new life with George, his wife Grace and their dogs Tia and Codi and four cats.

“I just love dogs and from the first moment I saw him he was such a friendly dog and had such a lovely nature, I fell for him straight away,” George told the Times.

“His ears have healed up well and he’s looking really good now. He can hear perfectly ok, but I think sometimes he gets confused because it’s hard for him to work out which direction the sound is coming from.

“He’s doing really well. He’s still about six kilos under weight, but he’s eating the best now, he’s getting walked every day and he’s settling in really well.”

On Saturday, July 27 Mr Anderson and Norman visited Pets at Home’s Newtownabbey store at Longwood Retail Park to pick up a cheque for £1,440.

Pets at Home made the generous donation to the sanctuary to help it meet the costs of caring for unwanted and abandoned pets.

“Our Support Adoption For Pets is a charity with a single, passionate aim. It exists to help give abandoned and homeless pets a second chance of happiness,” said Pets at Home assistant manager, Christina Toman.

“Every year, thousands of pets end up homeless through no fault of their own. Thanks to the tireless work of rescue and re-homing centres across the UK, many of these animals are given a new life in the loving home they deserve.

“It is our mission to provide a financial lifeline and help secure the future of vulnerable pets in need.”

Pets at Home recently donated £20,000 to Mid-Antrim Animal Sanctuary to help the charity build new facilities.

Meanwhile, the sanctuary will be holding its annual Open Day on August 17, with its Motorcycle Ride Out in association with Quay Vipers Motorcycle Club taking place from Carrickfergus harbour car park at 1pm the following day.

For more information about the sanctuary’s work, or upcoming fundraising events, log on to www.midantrimanimalsanctuary.org