Crufts success for rescue dog Roland

Angela Leigh, of Great Steeping, and her rescue dog Roland - who won Best in Breed at this year's Crufts.
Angela Leigh, of Great Steeping, and her rescue dog Roland - who won Best in Breed at this year's Crufts.

A rescue dog helped on the road to recovery at a Gosberton rehabilitation Centre has won a top award at Crufts.

Roland, a four-year-old Hamilton Hound, was underweight when he was taken in by a rescue centre in Cambridgeshire last year.

He was then taken on by breeder Angela Leigh (pictured), who spent five months building his health back up with quality food and hydrotherapy exercise. Such was the dog’s progress that he was awarded Best in Breed at Crufts.

Roland was very thin when the centre got him but Angela fed him on a diet of top-quality food and slowly built up his strength.

When he was well enough, she took him swimming at PAWZ hydrotherapy and rehabilitation centre in Gosberton once or twice a week, to build his muscles back up.

PAWZ owner Debbie Church said it was a ‘real honour’ to see Roland go on to glory: “When he came in he was so thin and didn’t have lot of muscle,” she said. “So it was great to see his improvement.”