TWO pooches abandoned just before Christmas are starting 2014 in new homes.
A Staffordshire bull terrier was found tied to a gate in Cranleigh Close, Clacton, while a cocker staffie cross called Ben was dumped on dog wardens by his owner.
The Staffordshire bull terrier was picked up by Tendring Council dog warden Allen East.
He traced the owner through dog's micro-chip, but she claimed her pet had been given away two months earlier.
The owner of the cocker staffie cross also tried to dump her unwanted dog on Mr East, claiming that she had found it in the street.
He traced the owner through a micro-chip and found the dog belonged to her.
She was billed £84 after admitting the dog was hers but she no longer wanted it.
Both dogs were taken to kennels and have since been rehomed.
Mr East said he received a number of inquiries from animal-lovers.
“In the end there was more than one person offering these unwanted pets a new home thanks to their story appearing in the media,” he said.
Tendring-based charity Spirit of the Dog helped to find a home for the Staffordshire bull terrier.