Donations needed to bring Indie home

PUBLISHED: 10:14 30 January 2015 | UPDATED: 10:14 30 January 2015

Ian Somers and Julie Courtney with a picture of the dog they want to rescue. Ref mhh 1507-04-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Ian Somers and Julie Courtney with a picture of the dog they want to rescue. Ref mhh 1507-04-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


Honiton baker lends support to bring Romanian stray to the UK

A Honiton baker and Branscombe property carer have joined forces to save a stray Romanian dog from a life of misery and danger.

Julie Courtney, owner of Courtney’s Creative Cakes, will be raffling off a cake to raise money to cover three-year-old Indie’s passport and transport costs.

Ian Somers, who works with Bristol-based dog rescue group Happily Ever After, said: “Indie was found in the city of Piatra Neamt in Romania last year.

“He had been shot numerous times as well as having his leg broken. He was then left for dead on the street.”

Romania is renowned for having a stray dog problem, and many are caught by dog catchers.

The barbaric treatment they are subjected to has made headlines around the world.

Mixed-breed Indie was found by Garofita and Rudi Hofmann, of Dog Rescue Romania, and cared for at their clinic in Bucharest.

Ian said: “We have given him the name Indie, short for indestructible as we feel he surely must be. He is a lovely friendly chap and loves people, despite what he’s been through.”

Julie added: “Ian is a firm friend of mine and he does a lot of fundraising. I have got dogs myself and it would break my heart if they went through what Indie has.”

Ian added: “Since the appeal went out this week, the response has been fantastic.

“We have already received £70 from people who have called Julie wanting to help. Thank you to everyone.”

The raffle draw will be held on Tuesday, February 3. Tickets are £1. The winner will receive a custom cake to the value of £100 made by Julie, which can be ordered any time in the next year. To buy raffle tickets, call Julie on 01404 548239.

Anyone interested in adopting Indie should get in touch with Happily Ever After on 0845634886.

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