LUCY the dog has been saved from being put down after Ripley and Heanor News readers were so moved by her plight a new owner was found.
Collie-cross Lucy, aged 13, was due to be put to sleep because her owners just could not give her the care she needed.
They were desperate to find her a new home and as a last resort the News stepped in to find a new home for Lucy.
After we featured her story on November 17, dozens of readers phone in to say they could give Lucy the home she deserves.
Alfreton man Chris Bell and his wife Jacky took Lucy in after Chris’s brother Gordon died of pancreatic cancer days before his 79th birthday.
Their jobs meant they could not look after Lucy, who has cataracts and is going deaf, during the daytime when she needed someone to be with her, the couple were reluctantly set to have her put to sleep as they felt the distress of sending her to an animal shelter in search of a new home would have been too much for her.
But now the Crooks family from Main Road, Leabrooks, have taken Lucy in and say she is loving her new surroundings.
Gillian Crooks, 53, said: “Lucy has got a big fluffy bed in the kitchen and she really likes it here – she’s really loving her new family.”
“We love dogs and we just couldn’t stand the thought of her being put to sleep.”
The family of three immediately contacted Chris when dad Aidy Crooks, 62, spotted the story in the News.
He immediately called his wife to ask whether she wanted another pet to join their growing number, with Gillian agreeing, the pair picked Lucy up soon afterwards.
The Crooks already own three Jack Russells called Friday, Alfie and Taz, who is also a rescue dog.
Aidy said the dogs have welcomed their new arrival. “She’s settled in grand,” he said,
“She’s never left on her own and she’s never pining or anything like that.”
The Crooks’ family also includes daughter Alex, 22, say they can devote plenty of time to their new addition as dad Aidy is retired and the other two work different shift patterns. Mum Gillian works for a nursing company in Nottingham and Alex is a waitress.
Alex said: “Lucy’s lovely, when every one of us comes home she greets us with a cute little howl – there’s a lot of life in the old dog yet!”
Chris, 60 said he was inundated with calls following the News’ appeal.
He said: “When I got home at 5pm on the Thursday, there had already been five or six phone calls. In the week we had even more.”
“Mrs Crooks was the first one that phoned.
“It was a massive relief because if no one had rung, we were going to the vets.
“I was sad to see her go but I was so pleased she went to the right home. It sounds as if she’s getting two walks a day and is pretty happy.”