The ArgusCute Florence's emotional rescue makes her a TV star (From The Argus)

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Brighton RSPCA rescue of shih-tzu cross Florence features on Channel 5 programme The Dog Rescuers

The Argus: Cute Florence's emotional rescue makes her a TV star Cute Florence's emotional rescue makes her a TV star

Cute Florence has captured the hearts of the nation after her emotional tale of being saved from abuse was broadcast on national TV.

The poodle shih-tzu cross was so badly neglected that she could barely walk when she was handed into Brighton RSPCA.

When she was operated on vets untangled matted fur around her front paws, which fell off because the blood supply had been cut off for so long.

She was also suffering with ear and eye infections as well as gastroenteritis and her teeth were so rotten she had to have them all removed.

In November last year The Argus reported how Florence, then known as Cheeky, was saved by the RSPCA.

Derek Goldsmith, 64, of Albourne Close, Brighton, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal when he appeared at the city’s magistrates’ court.

He was disqualified from keeping animals for five years and given a four month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.

Tony Woodley, the RSPCA inspector who found Florence in June last year, said: “It was one of the worst cases I had ever seen.”

Florence’s story captivated the students at Collyers College in Horsham and they created a harness on wheels to help her get around.

The Dog Rescuers programme aired on Tuesday on Channel 5 followed Florence’s story – and her loving, new home with new owner Karen Branagh, who works for the RSPCA.

Karen said: “Florence is a little darling.

“She can nowwalk on soft grass and carpet.

“We were in tears of joy the first time she managed to run on the grass.

“I cannot praise the inspectors who saved her and the vets who cared for her enough.”

The 45-year-old account manager at the RSPCA headquarters in Hove said she fell in love with Florence instantly.

Karen said: “She’s just wonderful. She’s really quite lively and spritely.”

At first Florence was nervous but now Karen takes her everywhere – including camping.

Florence even likes to curl up on the sofa with the family cat Archie.

“I carry her around in a sling and she comes with me across the country and to the RSPCA,” Karen added.

“I wanted to give her the best life I could. She is a part of our family and I would not be without her.

“Don’t rule any dog out just because it’s been neglected. They can bring so much to your life and so much happiness.”

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8:51am Fri 6 Jun 14

babsticals says...

Ah bless! This story has reduced me to tears.Thank god Florence was rescued from the scum who owned her.A 4 month prison sentence,suspended?? That's a joke! I am so pleased she is on the road to recovery,and found a loving home with Karen.Well done to everybody who helped Florence.She is adorable! X
Ah bless! This story has reduced me to tears.Thank god Florence was rescued from the scum who owned her.A 4 month prison sentence,suspended?? That's a joke! I am so pleased she is on the road to recovery,and found a loving home with Karen.Well done to everybody who helped Florence.She is adorable! X babsticals
  • Score: 24

10:21am Fri 6 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

The piece of scum that did this to Florence should have been jailed and stopped from owning animals for life.

I am so fed up of our justice system in this country. The magistrates involved should be sacked.
The piece of scum that did this to Florence should have been jailed and stopped from owning animals for life. I am so fed up of our justice system in this country. The magistrates involved should be sacked. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 17

10:24am Fri 6 Jun 14

plantwoman says...

Saw this lovely little dog on the TV - she's a real star and so is her new owner.
4 months suspended sentence is a joke, I agree!
Saw this lovely little dog on the TV - she's a real star and so is her new owner. 4 months suspended sentence is a joke, I agree! plantwoman
  • Score: 12

10:53am Fri 6 Jun 14

Juleyanne says...

Rescue never buy from puppy farm dealers. Rescue dogs need good loving homes and make good loyal companions. The joy of seeing a rescue dog given a second chance, happy and settled in a caring home after suffering cruelty neglect and abandonment is priceless.
Rescue never buy from puppy farm dealers. Rescue dogs need good loving homes and make good loyal companions. The joy of seeing a rescue dog given a second chance, happy and settled in a caring home after suffering cruelty neglect and abandonment is priceless. Juleyanne
  • Score: 15

1:58pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Uncle Ruckus (No Relation) says...

I'm a fairly placid person, but abuse of defenceless and innocent animals makes me want to do great violence against the perpetrators.

Well-done to all of those who have helped Florence
I'm a fairly placid person, but abuse of defenceless and innocent animals makes me want to do great violence against the perpetrators. Well-done to all of those who have helped Florence Uncle Ruckus (No Relation)
  • Score: 7

4:26pm Fri 6 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

It's a real shame that Goldsmith isn't starring on a TV documentary about prisoners who abused animals.

" I am so pleased she is on the road to recovery,and found a loving home with Karen.Well done to everybody who helped Florence.She is adorable! X"

I fully agree.
It's a real shame that Goldsmith isn't starring on a TV documentary about prisoners who abused animals. " I am so pleased she is on the road to recovery,and found a loving home with Karen.Well done to everybody who helped Florence.She is adorable! X" I fully agree. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 4

4:51pm Fri 6 Jun 14

spa301 says...

Good on you Florence.
Hope for your sake Derek Goldsmith we never meet.
Good on you Florence. Hope for your sake Derek Goldsmith we never meet. spa301
  • Score: 5

9:55pm Fri 6 Jun 14

BlackRocker says...

I'm not normally a violent person but now we know who it is, perhaps somebody could arrange to cut the feet off the filthy, disgusting scum that did this.
I'm not normally a violent person but now we know who it is, perhaps somebody could arrange to cut the feet off the filthy, disgusting scum that did this. BlackRocker
  • Score: 4

8:53am Sat 7 Jun 14

Kawasaki998 says...

I reported this dog last year. I had many times asked this person if I could take Cheeky to have her fur cut but he always refused my help. I use to ask how she was and all he said was she had hurt her paw and was resting. I use to lay in bed thinking about this poor animal. This was NOT the first time I had reported this person but I reported to the Council and Thank God they took notice and visited this person. Thank-you to the new owner she looks really happy now she deserves it after all what she has been through.
I reported this dog last year. I had many times asked this person if I could take Cheeky to have her fur cut but he always refused my help. I use to ask how she was and all he said was she had hurt her paw and was resting. I use to lay in bed thinking about this poor animal. This was NOT the first time I had reported this person but I reported to the Council and Thank God they took notice and visited this person. Thank-you to the new owner she looks really happy now she deserves it after all what she has been through. Kawasaki998
  • Score: 3

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