Dog news: Woman from Kent shocked to find huge Tibetan mastiff in her living room | UK | News
The seven-year-old Simba had been advertised on the Internet by his previous owners, who could no longer take care of him, as “free for a good home”. Unknown to her mother, she adopted her young girl Simba online for free, which gave her mother quite a shock when she came home from work and saw all 45kg of him lounging in her living room.
On February 6, the RSPCA was contacted to pick up Simba. He is currently being looked after by the organization.
RSPCA inspector Kirsten Ormerod said, “Simba is microchipped, so I managed to track down its original owners and advise them that they should have sought help from a reputable charity to ensure a good home for Simba.
“You have taken him into our care and we have now taken him to our rescue center in Kent.”
Simba is currently in need of veterinary treatment for an abscess on her leg. He also needed a haircut and groom when he arrived with a matted coat.
The dog is actually underweight as well, as a typical Tibetan Mastiff should weigh around 65 kg. He was put on a special diet to help him gain weight.
He will be neutered and once the vets have given permission, he can move to a new, carefully chosen home.
Kirsten said: “Simba is such a relaxed, gentle and sweet boy. He really is an absolute joy to be with and not worth thinking about what could happen to him when he is offered “free for a good home” online. “
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The RSPCA has asked families not to sell or house pets online, but instead seek help and guidance from charities and rescue centers.
This warning comes as charities prepare for a larger number of owners who choose to house their pets as a result of battling the pandemic.
The RSPCA expert for animal welfare, Dr. Samantha Gaines said: “We are very concerned about the potential increase in the number of dogs being rehabilitated in the coming months due to the coronavirus.
“We understand that circumstances change and families are sometimes forced to make difficult choices about their pets.
“If you need to house your pet, we urge you never to advertise it online for ‘free for a good home’ and instead seek help or support from a reputable charity or rescue center that can help you ensure that your pet finds a pet new home that suits their needs. “
The RSPCA has online advice on what to do if you have to Give up your pet.