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Abused pup Twinkle to star in Dogs in Salford Festival

A dog who was the victim of abuse is the inspiration for the very first Dogs in Salford Festival.

Twinkle, a Shar Pei crossbreed, was found by Salford’s dog wardens on the balcony of a flat in the cold, wind and rain just before Christmas.

She had been used as bait to train fighting dogs, had hypothermia and was near to death.

Now, thanks to the care of vets and Rochdale Dog Rescue, she has made a full recovery and is looking for a new home.

As a thank you to Rochdale Dog Rescue, Salford City Council’s dog wardens have organised the Dogs in Salford Festival at Clifton Country Park on Sunday 26 July 2015 between 11am and 3pm.

Dog owners are encouraged to enter their canine companions in a competition which will be judged on the day to help find the waggiest tail, prettiest girl and best handler under 12 years old.

There are also trophies and rosettes for the most handsome boy, best scruff and golden oldie – for dogs aged seven years and older.

Councillor Ann-Marie Humphreys, Assistant Mayor for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Salford City Council, said: “As a nation of dog lovers it is a heart warming story to hear that Twinkle has recovered and is looking for a new home.

“Our first ever dogs festival promises to be lots of fun for all the family and help promote responsible dog ownership.

“It is also a chance to say thank you to the thousands of people who provide information to our dog wardens which helps reunite lost dogs with their owners and help keep dangerous breeds off our streets.”

On the day, vets will be on hand to microchip dogs and give them free health checks – all for free.

HMP prison dogs will put on a special dog display, demonstrating how they use dogs to catch criminals and sniff out drugs, cash and weapons.

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