An abandoned Staffie filmed chasing after his owner’s car is now happily living in his new home, after Snoop Dogg took up his cause.
Millions of people watched CCTV footage of Snoop being driven to the side of a road and dumped by his owner just before Christmas.
The rapper felt he had to do something for the dog named after him. ‘It is heartbreaking. There is always room for another dog in Casa de Snoop,’ he told the Daily Star.
We’re sure Snoop and Snoop would have settled into a blissful domestic routine in America, but he’s now got a new owner already.
Snoop is now living ‘like a king’ in the Herefordshire countryside, with new owner Laurence Squire. They bonded ‘instantly’ and are now both regulars at the local pub.
‘One evening I was watching the news when Snoop’s story came on,’ Laurence said.
‘What happened to him was shocking, and it was clear from the footage – in the way that he tried to get back into the car – that he was a loyal dog.
‘I thought that he seemed like the perfect dog for me and that I could offer him the home he deserved.’
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Snoop was dumped at the roadside in Stoke-on-Trent on December 17 last year.
Footage of a man getting out of a car with the dog on a lead before abandoning him was released by the RSPCA and Snoop’s plight went viral.
Laurence, who previously had a Staffie which died in November, said: ‘They are such a loving breed and so I started to look for another one.’
He had already contacted the RSPCA to say he was looking for a male Staffie when he heard about Snoop.
After meeting at the charity’s Gonsal Farm Animal Centre in Shropshire, dog and potential owner ‘clicked’.
Snoop had been suffering separation anxiety, and still struggles to get into cars, but Mr Squire was a good fit because he works from home, the RSPCA added.
He now has a large garden and surrounding fields to run around in.
Mr Squire added: ‘He is a fantastic dog and he settled in straightaway.
‘As soon as he came into the house for the first time, he jumped on the sofa and it was as though he decided that was the space for him.
‘He loves to lie on the back of the sofa and if I put the fire on he will curl up in front of it.
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‘He loves being warm and if he can find his way into a bedroom, you’ll find him under the duvet with his head on the pillow.’
The inquiry into who left Snoop at the roadside is continuing.
Snoop’s story had a happy ending, but there are still many Staffies waiting to be rehomed, as well as other breeds.
Find them on the RSPCA website.