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Candi dumped on Christmas Day – six months later, Rottweiler pup is loving life

25 June 2017

Candi dumped on Christmas Day – six months later, Rottweiler pup is loving life

For many people Christmas Day is spent sharing stories around the fire, being with loved ones and eating delicious food, but for Candi, a one-year-old Rottweiler, it wasn’t a jolly one. Six months later, thankfully, things are looking up for the pooch.

Candi was dumped and tied-up outside a Hertfordshire police station on 25 December and was handed over to the local council for the bank holiday season. In January 2017, Candi was brought to national pet charity Blue Cross where the dedicated team at its Hertfordshire rehoming centre could give her some much needed TLC. 

To add to Candi’s rough start, she arrived at the rehoming centre unneutered and came into season during her stay, putting a further delay on her being rehomed by 3-4 weeks – but her luck started to change. During this extra time, she found her new owner, John. John and his family visited Candi nearly every day until she was ready to go home. 

Kellie Brookes, Centre Manager at Blue Cross Hertfordshire rehoming centre, said: “Candi is a beautiful, affectionate girl and we all fell in love with her. She would get so excited to see her new owner John, it was the joy of her day! 

“It’s amazing to be able to see a dog go from being homeless to being so very happy and loved, it’s an incredible thing and why we do what we do.”

Candi is now fantastic with people, despite having been abandoned. She loves to play and would play fetch all day if she could!

New owner John said: “I lost a Labrador after almost 14 years and was devastated, it left a hole in my life and knew I just had to fill it. We were a bit undecided about the type of dog we wanted and contemplated a smaller one, but then I saw Candi and thought she was lovely. When we were told her history it really reinforced our desire to give her a stable home where she could thrive. 

“When I met her things only improved; she just wanted to play but was also gentle loved being petted. I find it so hard to believe that someone could have abandoned this beautiful animal but, in a way, I am glad as it brought her into our lives.”

To find out more about the pets we help, to rehome one, or to make a donation towards their care, visit or contact the centre on 0300 777 1490 or [email protected]


Notes to Editors 

•    Images of Candi are available, contact the press office.
•    The Blue Cross pet rehoming centre in Kimpton, near Hitchin, has been helping homeless and abandoned pets across Herts, Beds and Bucks since the 1940s.  The centre finds loving new homes for hundreds of dogs, cats and rabbits every year. To contact the centre call 0300 777 1490 or drop in at Kimpton Bottom, Kimpton, SG4 8EU (please call ahead for opening hours).
•    Sick, injured and homeless pets have relied on Blue Cross since 1897. Abandoned or unwanted, ill or injured, pets turn to us for help every year. Our doors are always open to them, and with your support, they always will be.
•    Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find them the happy homes they deserve.
•    For more information, please visit 

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