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Scottish SPCA finds home for 'saddest dog' Scooby

Scooby with new owners
Image caption Scooby has now found a home with new owners

A home has been found for a Staffordshire bull terrier dubbed Scotland's saddest dog.

Two-year-old Scooby has spent 15 months in kennels, longer than any other animal looked after by the Scottish SPCA.

Staff at the Aberdeenshire Rehoming and Rescue Centre feared he was so lonely his health was suffering.

More than 200 people got in touch, and David Prokipczyn, from West Lothian, was chosen to be Scooby's new owner.

A nationwide search for a home had been launched in April.

Centre manager Graeme Innes said: "We were completely overwhelmed by the response to our appeal.

"Scooby has spent half of his life in kennels, which is no way for a young, playful dog to live."

Scooby's new owner said: "My wife and I have been married 40 years and we've always owned dogs.

"It's only very recently that we've been without one and the house has felt so empty.

"When we read Scooby's story my wife was in tears.

"So we both agreed that we would love to offer him the good home he deserves."

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