Number 10 pup: Boris Johnson and girlfriend Carrie Symonds adopt abandoned Jack Russell puppy saved from cruel dog traders as Downing Street pet
Boris Johnson and girlfriend Carrie Symonds have adopted a Jack Russell puppy saved from sick dog traders.
The Sun reports that the 15-week-old pup – which faced near-certain death after being abandoned by a Welsh farmer – could move into No 10 very soon.
He was cast away by his ruthless breeder for having an undershot and misaligned jaw – meaning he couldn’t be sold, the Mail On Sunday reports.
The as-yet-unnamed pup was then rescued by Eileen Jones of the volunteer group Friends of Animals Wales – which rehabilitates sick and discarded animals.
Unlike Larry the No 10 cat, the dog will belong to Boris and Ms Symonds rather than whoever occupies Downing Street. And he will be trained to get along with chief mouser Larry – who is famously territorial.
Voted for pup
Staff have offered to take the pup on walks after voting overwhelmingly in favour of getting a dog when polled by the PM.
It comes as Boris and Ms Symonds hope to raise awareness for strict new anti-puppy farming legislation.
Known as Lucy’s Law, the clampdown will come into force next April and targets third- party puppy sellers who breed dogs often in brutal conditions.
Lucy’s Law is named after tragic pet Lucy – a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who died of her injuries just three years after being rescued from a terrible puppy farm.
The new legislation – backed by celebs Ricky Gervais, Rachel Riley and Brian May – will make it illegal for a puppy or kitten to be sold without seeing it interacting with its mother in the place where it was born.
PupAid founder Marc Abraham, who helped spearhead the legislation, said last night: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Prime Minister and Carrie have chosen to rescue a puppy, which will hugely help to highlight Lucy’s Law.’
He added: “Eileen is an absolute hero who has racked up massive vets’ bills picking up these poorly puppies and breeding dogs.
“I hope this encourages others to adopt and donate to her work.”
(Story source: The Sun)