AN ADORABLE puppy who broke hearts across Britain after becoming the first Christmas pet to be abandoned in 2018 WILL get a new home.
Delighted staff at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home were inundated with offers for eight-week-old mongrel Ronnie after he was cruelly abandoned on January 2nd.
His owner – whose ex-partner bought him online – left him there after they split and he became homeless.
But the rescue centre has been inundated with potential new owners asking if he was still available – and is currently waiting to be matched with an ideal home.
Home intake manager Steven Craddock said: “It doesn’t shock any of us that the first dog through our doors in 2018 was bought online.
“Ronnie is just one of many thousands of dogs who will be bought off an unregulated website in the coming months and end up in a home where the owner is unprepared and unable to take proper care of them.
“His new owner did the right thing by bringing him into us where we can look after him and find him a loving new home, which we doubt will take long as he’s such a lovely boy.
“However, this doesn’t change the fact that he never should have been sold online in the first place.
“We believe he may have been taken from his mother far too young and likely sold by a breeder with absolutely no regard for his welfare.
“It’s so easy to sell a dog online and this is one of the biggest challenges that Battersea faces today.”
He added: “I’d encourage anyone thinking of welcoming a new pet into their lives to consider rescue over shopping online.”
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Ronnie will be off to his new home after being be vaccinated and microchipped at Battersea.
A different charity, the Dogs Trust, runs an annual campaign using the slogan “A dog is for life, not just for Christmas”, aimed at discouraging people from giving pets as gifts.