Home plea for dog rescued from canal

A DOG rescued from the canal in Brighouse is recovering with a Rastrick family.

The dog, christened Girlie, is being looked after by Linda Challoner and her husband Brian at their home in Bedale Avenue. She was found by Linda's son Lee Coates on Friday night.

Lee, 38, was leaving the Black Swan in Briggate with friends when he heard the animal's desperate cries.

"We went to see what was happening and the dog – a type of Brindle – was stuck in the water screeching and trying to climb out of the water," said Lee. "There was no way she could get out of the water. Her eyes were bloodshot and bulging. I'm worried she had been dumped."

Lee went into the knee-high water to drag the frightened animal out.

"She was in the water at the back of the market and under a bush so it was difficult to see her," said Lee.

He said the dog was bleeding from her mouth and also her rear end and she appeared to have recently had a litter of puppies.

"I'm not sure what has happened to her," he said. "She might have just been used for breeding or she might belong to someone."

Linda said: "She's a lovely animal. She's very friendly and gets on well with people. We had a party here at the weekend and she was fine with everyone.

"The only thing she is really frightened of is water. We tried walking her along the canal and she was terrified."

Linda, who has had dogs and cats in the past, has had the dog checked to see if she was chipped.

"But there is nothing we can do to identify her. She appears to have been looked after and she was wearing a black collar. While I love dogs I'm not in a position to keep her here," said Linda.

She has been in touch with the PDSA and the RSPCA and she would like to hear from anyone who could identify Girlie or offer her a home.

Linda can be contacted on 01484 717678 or 07870371877.