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Abandoned dog tied up in church to be reunited with owner

by Heather Preston

A dog found tied up in a church in Blackpool with a sorry note is to be returned to its original owner.

The six-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier is to be reunited with its family after being left by the altar of Sacred Heart Church with a letter of apology.

Cracker the dog was found on 18th December by church staff with a handwritten message that read: "Please believe me when I say I haven't done this easily.

"My dog means the world to me and I don't know what else to do. I've no home or money now for him. Life has taken a really bad turn for me and I couldn't imagine him being outside with me cold and hungry.

"I love you and I am so so so sorry."

Cracker was placed into the care of the RSPCA following the incident and is currently being housed at the Longview Animal Centre in Blackpool.

According to RSPCA Inspector Will Lamping, who collected the dog from the church, the publicity of the story led to Rooney's owner Alison being located. 

Lamping says she will be reunited with her dog once her situation has become more stable.

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "We're so pleased that Cracker - who is actually named Rooney - will be going back to his owner once she's back on her feet," he said.

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