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Sweet Sammy needs a supersize home

Have you got space to fit this gentle giant into your home?
Giant Sammy is a very special boy - who is looking for a rather large home!

The two-year-old Anatolian shepherd arrived in RSPCA care at the beginning of the year as his owners - who rescued him from abroad - could no longer care for him.

Now the huge pooch is looking for a loving new home - but anyone who is interested should first think carefully about whether he’ll fit into their home!

Sammy weighs 50kg and stands - paw to head - at well over a metre tall. He eats four times a day, taking in more than 1.2kg of food every day. Staff predict he’ll cost around £50 a month just to feed.

Leah Ward, rehoming co-ordinator at RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch, said: “Sammy is a very large yet loveable boy - he really is a gentle giant.

“When he goes down to our paddock and can run off lead he absolutely loves it. He is very playful and gallops around with his doggy friends.

“Unfortunately, poor Sammy is missing his ears, something we believe may have happened in his former life in Romania - before he was rescued by his previous owners. We suspect, due to his breed, that his ears were cropped. Thankfully, though, it hasn’t affected his hearing and he can still lead a normal life.

“We suspect he has had a tough life so far as he is quite nervous. He’s been spending time in the office with us, getting used to noises as well as people moving around, and coming and going. You wouldn’t believe it when you look at him but he is a sensitive soul and he can get scared easily!”

Ear cropping is a process where ears are removed or surgically altered. It’s a painful, unnecessary process and is illegal in England and Wales. Unfortunately, we know it goes on overseas and dogs are sometimes brought over with cropped ears.

Leah added: “We’re looking for a large home with a big garden for Sammy as he needs lots of space to move around.

“We’d like him to go somewhere with someone who is around most of the day, so someone who works from home would be ideal.

“He loves other dogs and is very playful so it would be wonderful if he could go to a home with another dog.

“He has a soft, gentle and loving nature so we think he’d be great for a family with older children - purely because of his size!

“If you think you’ve got space in your life - and home - for this big boy then please do get in touch and come and meet him. He’s sure to win you over.”


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