WHEN she was abandoned on a train just a week after Christmas, Penny was a whimpering, frightened pup, all alone in the world.
But now the Staffordshire bull terrier is being given first-class treatment after being adopted by a bus station manager from Rothwell, Leeds.
As reported in the YEP, Penny was abandoned on a First TransPennine Express (FTPE) train from Liverpool to Scarborough – which had stopped in Leeds – in the first week of January.
When she was discovered at Scarborough, railway staff made sure she was fed and watered, before conductor Sam Whitehead took her to York-based charity Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue (SBTR).
After two months of searching for a suitable owner, the charity matched Penny with dog lover Helen Quarmby – and the pair paid a visit to Scarborough Railway Station to say thank you to staff.
Taking care of Penny is a special gift for Mrs Quarmby, whose previous dog, Vinnie, a 12-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, passed away in January – around the same time Penny was abandoned.
She said: “I’m delighted that we were able to adopt Penny, she is full of life, has bounds of energy and is doing really well.
“Due to the efforts of FTPE and the SBTR, she now has a second chance and we are looking forward to her becoming a member of our family.”
Staff at FTPE’s head office in Manchester raised £160 for SBTR to help pay for Penny’s food, shelter and care.
Iain Christie, a customer service assistant at Scarborough Railway Station, helped look after Penny initially and gave Helen and the puppy some small gifts from FTPE.
He said: “I’m so pleased that Penny’s story has a happy ending. When we first found her on the train she was so small and helpless and it’s great that she will now receive the love and attention she deserves.
“It is definitely an interesting bit of customer service and Penny has proved to be an amazing piece of lost property.”
Chris Clarke, from SBTR, added: “We’re chuffed that Penny has now gone to a happy home.
“Staffies are the most fun-loving and tolerant dogs in the world and Penny is no exception.
“I’m positive that she’ll make a cracking addition to the family.”
For more information about SBTR, visit: www.sbtrescue.co.uk, call Chris on 01945 474418 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org