Newton Poppleford family’s appeal to find spaniel, Millie, a new home

Ref shs dog appeal. Picture: Ellie Pipe

Ref shs dog appeal. Picture: Ellie Pipe - Credit: Archant

Elaine is desperately seeking someone to take in her late mum’s dog

A woman has launched a desperate appeal to re-house her late mother’s dog after being told it cannot stay in the family home.

Elaine Curl, of Newton Poppleford, took in springer spaniel Millie when her mum, Kath Beal, died from cancer in September - but is no longer able to keep the 11-year-old canine.

The King Alfred Way resident said the situation is particularly sad for her six-year-old son, Owen Sheppard, who is trying to come to terms with losing his grandmother and will now also lose Millie - considered part of the family.

Elaine said: “I promised my mum I would take care of Millie and make sure she enjoys the rest of her life.

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“I would ideally like her to stay local, so we might be able to see her still, but I just want her to go to a good home.”

She described Millie as a sprightly, friendly and well-behaved dog, who loves going for walks, is brilliant with children and good around other animals.

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Elaine said it was her stepdad, Tim Beal, who brought Millie home as a puppy, but he sadly died soon after, leaving her mum with the canine companion who grew to be part of the family.

Elaine’s friend Kelly Ashford is also a dog owner and helping her to re-home the spaniel.

Kelly said: “We were given a month to find her a new home. People can be so compassionate about dogs and we just hope someone will come forward - preferably in the village.”

Anyone who might be able to offer Millie a good home is asked to call Kelly on 07824 777456.

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