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Dog Saved from Death Row Wins National Award

by Melanie

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On the day that Nero, a Staffordshire bull terrier rescued the day he was supposed to be put down, has gone on to win a national award.

Mark Polmear of Perranporth Cornwall, England stepped in the day Nero was to be put down, and put a stop to things. He saw an alert on the Facebook page of the Bissoe-based K9 Crusaders, and went to the Lincolnshire dog pound Nero was held at, and adopted him on the spot.

“I saw Nero’s advert flash up saying he was going to be put to sleep and I thought ‘I can’t allow that,” said Polmear.

After K9 Crusaders came out to Polmear’s home to do a health check, Nero was sent to Polmear’s in Cornwall.

“He came down on the day he was meant to be put to sleep,” Mr. Polmear said. “He bonded with my six-year-old daughter. They are constantly playing with each other. He has become a fully-fledged member of the family.”

Mr. Polmear has since entered Nero into the Scrufts contest for crossbreed dogs.  Nero walked away with first prize.

Polmear said, “He has got the legs of a supermodel and the head of a boxer.”

Nero had to beat out more than 100 other dogs to take home first prize in the Show Ready Coat class.

The Polmear’s ended up donating the winnings the K9 Crusaders to assist with further rescue, rehab, and forever home finding.

“They do it all for charity and are such good people.” The kennels are full, with a waiting list.”