A dog whose story went viral at Christmas after the moment his owners cruelly dumped him in Stoke-on-Trent was caught on CCTV has got his happy ending in a loving new home.
Millions of people around the world were shocked by heartbreaking footage released by the RSPCA, which showed Staffordshire bull terrier Snoop being dumped with his dog bed from a car on a street.
The footage showed Snoop chasing after the car and trying to get back inside.
He was found an hour later by two passersby, lying on the dog bed he was dumped with.
Thousands of people offered Snoop a loving home - including his namesake, LA-based rapper Snoop Dogg - after his story was picked up by media across the globe.
In the end he was matched up with Laurence Squire, who lives in rural Herefordshire.
The pair have bonded instantly and Snoop completely dotes on his new owner.
Laurence said: “I had a Staffie who I sadly lost in November. They are such a loving breed and so I started to look for another one.
"I contacted the RSPCA and said that I was looking for a male Staffie, around one to two years old, and one evening I was watching the news when Snoop’s story came on.
"What happened to him was shocking, and it was clear from the footage - in the way that he tried to get back into the car - that he was a loyal dog.
“I thought that he seemed like the perfect dog for me and that I could offer him the home he deserved.”
Laurence went to meet Snoop at the RSPCA’s Gonsal Farm Animal Centre, in Shropshire, where Snoop was being looked after - and they instantly clicked.
As Snoop had separation anxiety, believed to be as a result of his abandonment, he needed a home where someone was around all day - which Laurence could offer him, as he works from home.
And with a large garden and surrounding fields, Snoop has plenty of space to run around and play - and he has also made himself a regular in the village pub.
“He is a fantastic dog and he settled in straightaway,” said Laurence. “As soon as he came into the house for the first time, he jumped on the sofa and it was as though he decided that was the space for him! He loves to lie on the back of the sofa and if I put the fire on he will curl up in front of it.
“He loves being warm and if he can find his way into a bedroom, you’ll find him under the duvet with his head on the pillow.”
One thing which Snoop isn’t keen on, however, is cars and he does not like getting in them.
“We don’t know if that is as a result of him associating them with what happened to him,” said Laurence.
Rachel Butler, RSPCA spokeswoman, said: “When I visited Snoop in his new home, I could tell straight away that he was in the right place - he and Laurence already have a strong bond and Snoop absolutely dotes on him.
“In the days after his abandonment, Snoop was incredibly nervous and anxious, which is no surprise after what happened to him. But staff at Gonsal Farm worked really hard in building up his confidence and it really paid off. The change in Snoop is massive and we at the RSPCA are so incredibly proud of him.
“His story put into the spotlight the very sad reality of abandonments, something which the RSPCA deals with every day. He was dumped at Christmas, a time of year which we spend with our loved ones, so for something so unloving to happen to him was heartbreaking.
“But the love and attention he is getting now from Laurence is wonderful. Snoop is living like a king.”
The investigation into Snoop’s abandonment is ongoing. Anyone who has any information about the incident should call the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018.
There is more information on how to rehome an animal through the RSPCA here: https://www.rspca.org.uk/findapet/rehomeapet