Leeds rescue dog set to be a stage star

HITTING THE BULLSEYE: Rescue dog Bonnie is to star in Oliver! PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
HITTING THE BULLSEYE: Rescue dog Bonnie is to star in Oliver! PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe
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It’s a heart-warming wags to riches story that dog-lovers everywhere will hope has the perfect happy ending.

Rescued Staffordshire bull terrier Bonnie is set to tread the boards when she stars in a stage production of Oliver! next week after finding a new owner.

She struck up a firm friendship with fellow abandoned dog Clyde when the pair were taken in at the same time by Whitehall Dog Rescue in East Ardsley around three years ago.

Now staff at the centre are hoping to complete a remarkable turnaround for the pair by finding Bonnie’s partner in crime the perfect home.

Stage star Bonnie was found abandoned on the streets and was brought into the rescue centre along with eight other dogs.

Brian Wheelhouse from the centre told the YEP: “When she came in, she was in appalling condition, very underfed and with skin conditions. We put her and another dog in together and they got on like a house on fire. We called them Bonnie and Clyde because they were a couple of little villains and would always pinch any food that was about.”

Bonnie waited for three years at the centre before eventually being taken in by Karen Fojt, a supporter of Whitehall Dog Rescue.

Karen took her for an audition for the part of Bill Sykes’ dog Bullseye in Ilkley Operatic Society’s latest show – a part she was eventually given.

Brian says he now hopes the centre can find the same kind of happiness for Clyde.

He said: “We’d like to find him a home without a dog already and with no young children. People have the wrong idea about Staffies – he hasn’t got an aggressive bone in his body and he absolutely idolises people. It’s hard enough to find a home for one dog but we really hope someone comes forward and gives Clyde the life he deserves.”

Anyone interested in supporting Whitehall Dog Rescue or adopting Clyde can ring them on 07831 421715 or visit the website at www.whitehalldogrescue.com.

Paula Dillon, President of Leeds Chamber Commerce.

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