17-year-old rescue dog Duke finds loving home to see out his days

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Britain’s oldest rescue dog Duke, an akita  (RSPCA)
Britain’s oldest rescue dog Duke, an akita (RSPCA)

A dog discovered abandoned in an empty house has been given a new home aged 17.

After being dumped by his previous owner, Duke, an akita, was rescued by South Wales Police last month.

He is believed to be one of Britain’s oldest rescue dogs.

Duke - 104 in dog years - was underweight and unsteady on his legs. The animal had severe muscle loss, knuckling of his hind legs and sores.

The RSPCA took him to the Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home but they struggled to find a home through adoption or fostering due to his age.

But Duke’s luck changed when a family of first-time fosterers offered up their home.

His new owner Kate said: “We lost our dog in January and when we saw Duke’s advert on Facebook, we were so sad that he hadn’t had any applications.

Duke settled in straight away, says his new owner Kate (RSPCA)
Duke settled in straight away, says his new owner Kate (RSPCA)

“We felt every dog deserves a loving home, especially in those later years and, being a vet student studying at home, I felt we could offer him a suitable home.

“He’s getting on so well and settled in straight away. His personality is really coming through now, he’s doing much better with his mobility around the house, and he barks when we get his harness out for a walk.

“He gets so excited when my parents come home from work and wags his tail.

“Considering all he’s been through it is lovely to see that he can still trust people and that’s testament to the work of the RSPCA and his wonderful carers at Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home.”

RSPCA inspector David Milborrow added: “Poor Duke was in quite a state when he arrived here. He was underweight and very unsteady on his legs.

“He was suffering from severe muscle loss, knuckling of his hind limbs and sores on his back legs.”

Haley Medlock, digital and community fundraiser for Cotswolds Dogs and Cats Home, said: ‘”Walking is a real struggle for him.

“Despite all of this, he is full of love and adores cuddling up to our staff and snoozing in the sunshine.

“Realistically we don’t know how long this lovely lad has left but we’re determined to ensure his final weeks or months are the best they can be.”

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