Puppy love after a rail sob story!

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A PUPPY that was abandoned on a Liverpool to Scarborough train service and was rescued by First TransPennine Express has been successfully re-homed and is starting a new life with a loving family.

The Staffordshire bull terrier, named Penny, was discovered whimpering and scared, but train staff took the cute canine in and fed and watered her at Scarborough Railway Station.

Arrangements were made with the charity Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue who collected Penny from York, after she was escorted there by Scarborough-based train conductor Sam Whitehead.

The charity took the lost pooch in and ensured she was assessed and treated by vets and given all the correct nutrition before starting the search for a new family for Penny.

After nearly two months of searching and checking the credentials of potential new carers, Penny has now been re-homed and has visited the team at Scarborough to say thank you.

Ian Christie, a customer service assistant at Scarborough, looked after Penny initially. He wished her and her new owner the best of luck for the future by presenting them with some small gifts.

He said: “I’m so pleased that Penny’s story has a happy ending. When we first found her on the train she was so small and helpless and it’s great that she will now receive the love and attention she deserves.

“It is definitely an interesting bit of customer service and Penny has proved to be an amazing piece of lost property.”

Penny’s new owner is Helen Quarmby, a West Yorkshire bus station manager from Leeds, who said: “I’m delighted that we were able to adopt Penny. She is full of life, has bounds of energy and is doing really well.

“She now has a second chance and we are all looking forward to her becoming a member of our family.”

Staff at the First TransPennine Express head office in Manchester raised £160 and donated the money to Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue in support of the food, shelter and medical costs that the charity paid to help ensure Penny’s wellbeing.

Chris Clarke from Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue said: “We’re chuffed that Penny has now gone to a happy home. Staffies are the most fun-loving and tolerant dogs in the world and Penny is no exception.

“We take our time with new owners and make sure that both the owners and the dog are the right match for each other. I’m positive that she’ll make a cracking addition to the family.”