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Does neglected rescue dog’s story Tug on your heart strings?

Poor Tug had to be shaved when he was rescued because his coat was so matted

With huge bat-like ears and a long tongue, Tug is an unusual looking pooch. So much so, RSPCA staff caring for the senior dog are concerned that his unique appearance is putting off potential adopters.

Twelve-year-old Tug, a bearded collie cross, was in a terrible state when he arrived at the RSPCA’s Coventry Animal Centre, run by the Coventry, Nuneaton & District Branch in September.

Tug was one of two dogs rescued by RSPCA inspectors due to welfare concerns.

Kennel supervisor Danni Holder said: “Tug was in an awful state. His coat was so badly matted that he had to be completely shaved - which has resulted in his rather unusual look!

“Tug is such a wonderful dog, he’s an elderly puppy with such a zest for life.

“He’s been with us for a few months now but he hasn’t had any interest at all. Not a single visitor, phone call, email or like on Facebook.

“On paper, he’s the perfect dog for many families. He’s friendly, well-behaved, family-friendly and dog-friendly. But no one seems to want him and it’s heartbreaking.”

Despite his age, Tug loves going out on walks and exploring. He’s well-socialised and good with other dogs but is looking for a home where he’ll be the only pet.

He’s very friendly and affectionate, loves snoozing in front of a fire and would be good for a family with children of secondary school age.

Danni added: “Tug really is the paw-fect pooch so it’s strange that he’s had no interest at all.

“It could be because he has a bit of a strange look going on at the moment! Or maybe it’s his age.

“However, we’d urge anyone thinking of getting a dog to come and meet our lovely boy. We’re sure he’ll tug on your heart strings and win you over in no time at all!”

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