Olympian Katy Marchant helps re-home stray puppy

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An Olympic heroine has teamed up with an abandoned puppy in a bid to find her a loving new home.

Bronze medal-winning spring cyclist Katy Marchant is keen to help the Dogs Trust after staff at the Leeds re-homing centre named the young stray in honour of the local Olympian.

Katy, from Barwick-in-Elmet, has now met her canine namesake at the York Road shelter after she was found wandering the streets of Bradford while the Team GB cyclists were competing in Rio.

The five-month-old Labrador cross pup has even enjoyed a walk in the countryside with the cycle star, who left her bike at home for her visit to the re-homing centre.

“It’s great to be back in Leeds and I was so excited to hear I’d had a pup named after me! She is absolutely stunning. My dream has come true and I hope her dream of a forever family comes true very soon,” said Katy.

The young, energetic dog needs a family who can give her plenty of time and attention.

Dogs Trust Leeds manager Amanda Sands is keen to find the friendly pet a forever home now the Olympic summer has come to and end.

“It was so exciting to welcome Katy to the centre so soon after the Olympics and she loved playing with her puppy namesake.

“As any athlete will tell you, training is key to success and that’s certainly the case for our four-legged Katy. She will need all her training with being so young but she will be a lovely addition to any active family.”

If you think you can offer the pup a home, call the centre on 0300 303 0292 to arrange an appointment, or visit www.dogstrust.co.uk to view animals available for adoption in the local area.