Britain’s ugliest dog Hubble searches for new life after being abandoned

November 4, 2008

It is a distinction few people would want.

But Hubble – branded Britain’s ugliest dog – is more concerned about burying bones and fetching sticks.

Yet that didn’t stop his owners leaving the eight-year-old tied up in a wood a fortnight ago due to his less-than-handsome looks.

Luckily the mongrel, who was left disfigured after being injured in his youth, was saved by bighearted animal rescue workers.

And now they are looking to find the unsightly pooch a new, more loving owner – preferably someone who prefers personality to looks.

Amanda Sands, the manager of the Dogs Trust centre in Leeds, said the black terrier-type cross looked even worse when he was first brought in.

He had several rotting canine teeth and infected gums, which were removed and treated with antibiotics.

She said: ‘Hubble is one of the strangest looking dogs I’ve ever seen but he makes up for it in personality. Even though he looks quite odd it kind of gives him a cute factor.

‘He’s very loyal and just loves human company so he would make a brilliant best friend for that special person who can see past what he looks like.

‘It’s a shame but ordinarily we would expect him to stay here for quite some time.

‘People do tend to come and pick the cuter dogs. The others – our “sticky dogs” – can be here for months.

‘Hubble is definitely a bit unusual but he’s a very sweet dog. It would be a shame if someone missed out on him because of what he looks like.

‘He’s a great little dog. ‘Hubble’s injury to his mouth appears to be an old one. He is not in any pain and is entirely healthy.

‘He would be best suited to a home with only adults or older children and no other pets, so he can be the centre of attention.

Ms Sands said: ‘It’s sad but sometimes people do abandon pets who don’t look “normal”. It can be for a number of reasons and unfortunately that is one of them.

‘I don’t think that Hubble is aware of his unusual looks. He’s confidence has grown every day since he arrived and we love him to bits.

‘It will sad to see him go but we’re always overjoyed when one of our dogs goes to a good home.’

The Dogs Trust has recently been hit hard by the credit crunch, with more people wanting to get rid of their pets and less people prepared to take them on.

Ms Sands added: ‘We have about 100 dogs in at the moment, but if we had the room that would be hundreds.

‘We have a waiting list full of people who tell us they want us to take in their dog.’ Anyone brave enough to adopt Hubble or find out more about the Dogs Trust can call 0113 281 4920.

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