Berkshire

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home seek home for agoraphobic dog

Whisper Image copyright Battersea Dog & Cats Home
Image caption Whisper came to the Old Windsor branch of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in January

An animal charity is appealing for a new home for a dog who cannot be walked.

Whisper, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, is agoraphobic and "terrified of people and the outside world".

Staff at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor, Berkshire, say she is "one of the most extreme cases" they have come across.

The six-year-old bitch most likely developed a fear of the outdoors by "being kept in a shed or indoor cage".

Staff believe she was used as a breeding dog and say she was found "cowering underneath a bush in January".

Battersea senior welfare assistant Karen Slavid said: "We know that she's going to need very understanding owners but more than anything we want her to enjoy a life outside kennels like any other dog.

"Whisper has had a terrible start to life and she really deserves a happy ending."

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