'Ugliest dog in the world' finds home in East Lancashire

Ralph is settling in well at Ursula Dalton’s home.

Ralph is settling in well at Ursula Dalton’s home.

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A ROMANIAN dog, dubbed ‘the ugliest in the world’, has found a new home in Darwen.

Ralph was born on the streets of the Romanian capital, Bucharest, and grew up foraging for scraps of food, or catching rats to eat.

He came to the attention of UK-based charity K-9 Angels after he had been disfigured in a sulphuric acid attack, in which he lost an ear, half an eye, and some of his fur.

An estimated 500,000 dogs live on Romanian streets, and they are often caught and killed.

Some strays are subjected to very brutal treatment, and are poisoned, set on fire, or beaten to death.

K-9 Angels provides a link between dog rescuers in foreign countries and prospective adopters in the UK, and the charity put a picture of Ralph on its website, where he was spotted by Ursula Dalton from Darwen.

Ursula, who already has two rescue dogs, Ella from Greece, and Ted from Manchester, contacted the charity and offered to adopt Ralph.

K-9 Angels flew Ralph to London, where Ursula picked him up and brought him to live with her, her husband John, and their six-year-old son Jack at Moorview Equestrian Centre, in Blacksnape.

Since arriving in the UK Ralph has had surgery to remove his damaged eye, and he has adapted well to life in Darwen.

Ursula said: “I was following the K-9 Angels website and I noticed all the cute, cuddly ones were being selected, but he was being overlooked, so I decided I would have him.

“He lived on a diet of mainly rats and rubbish, but here he’s living on Pedigree Chum, and his life is totally different.

“He’s a really happy dog and has a friendly temperament.”

Ursula said customers at her riding school had taken well to Ralph.

She added: “At first they’re a bit shocked to see him because he looks so unusual, but then they see he’s so friendly that they like him.

“You don’t see many dogs with one eye and one ear, but he’s so friendly.”

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9:57am Wed 19 Feb 14

Lee1987 says...

Definitely not ugly, very cute :)
Definitely not ugly, very cute :) Lee1987
  • Score: 26

10:14am Wed 19 Feb 14

mmickk says...

K-9 Angels how can this be a charity it should be shut down. Paying all that money to ship dogs in from around the world its a disgrace. Because of this every dog that's shipped in its one less home for our strays. This charity is just an excuse for people to go on there jollys on the back of donations made by the public. Do we not have enough immigrants without the dog population starting. Just go and rescue a dog at the RSPCA and save the poor thing from being put down. The people that take these dogs are doing it to bragg and show off in my opinion they are not fit to be dog owners.
K-9 Angels how can this be a charity it should be shut down. Paying all that money to ship dogs in from around the world its a disgrace. Because of this every dog that's shipped in its one less home for our strays. This charity is just an excuse for people to go on there jollys on the back of donations made by the public. Do we not have enough immigrants without the dog population starting. Just go and rescue a dog at the RSPCA and save the poor thing from being put down. The people that take these dogs are doing it to bragg and show off in my opinion they are not fit to be dog owners. mmickk
  • Score: -23

10:57am Wed 19 Feb 14

steralc says...

mmickk wrote:
K-9 Angels how can this be a charity it should be shut down. Paying all that money to ship dogs in from around the world its a disgrace. Because of this every dog that's shipped in its one less home for our strays. This charity is just an excuse for people to go on there jollys on the back of donations made by the public. Do we not have enough immigrants without the dog population starting. Just go and rescue a dog at the RSPCA and save the poor thing from being put down. The people that take these dogs are doing it to bragg and show off in my opinion they are not fit to be dog owners.
Get back in bed , then get out the right side
Or take a chill pill
[quote][p][bold]mmickk[/bold] wrote: K-9 Angels how can this be a charity it should be shut down. Paying all that money to ship dogs in from around the world its a disgrace. Because of this every dog that's shipped in its one less home for our strays. This charity is just an excuse for people to go on there jollys on the back of donations made by the public. Do we not have enough immigrants without the dog population starting. Just go and rescue a dog at the RSPCA and save the poor thing from being put down. The people that take these dogs are doing it to bragg and show off in my opinion they are not fit to be dog owners.[/p][/quote]Get back in bed , then get out the right side Or take a chill pill steralc
  • Score: 18

4:27pm Wed 19 Feb 14

the white witch says...

Thank god there is people like K-9 Angels, it`s good to hear that there is people out there that has a heart, it`s not just the human race that needs love care and attention and when it comes down to it a dog is more reliable and faithful than half the human race.
Well done K-9 Angels keep up the good work.
Thank god there is people like K-9 Angels, it`s good to hear that there is people out there that has a heart, it`s not just the human race that needs love care and attention and when it comes down to it a dog is more reliable and faithful than half the human race. Well done K-9 Angels keep up the good work. the white witch
  • Score: 12

4:48pm Wed 19 Feb 14

nikita_1 says...

The fact that these dogs are in Romania is irrelevant; if anything they need help more than strays in the UK as the country does not have a well-established economy, and certainly doesn’t have the charity infrastructure to manage the problem. Is your suggestion that we simply let all the stray dogs in Romania die? Yes, you are correct that strays (in the UK) are eventually put down (humanely by lethal injection), but the dogs in Romania are killed in the most horrifying ways, which I will not go into great depth about here – but I suggest you do some research.

As for your comment about ‘Jollys’ – again, if you did your research, you will find that charities such as K-9 have well established logistics that minimize the costs of transporting dogs from Romania. They do not go and ‘collect’ the animals, they leverage existing transports and arrange owner collection of animals in the UK (after thorough home checks, and after the dog has been spayed/neutered).

I very rarely comment on posts, and have registered now to post this – but I feel the need to correct captain grumpy above on what are glaring inaccuracies on his/her part. These people do not get paid, they volunteer, they do it out of a passion for the animals which they are saving, regardless of their location. The suggestion that a UK animal, or person for that matter, is in some sense more valuable than another, is everything that is wrong with this world.
The fact that these dogs are in Romania is irrelevant; if anything they need help more than strays in the UK as the country does not have a well-established economy, and certainly doesn’t have the charity infrastructure to manage the problem. Is your suggestion that we simply let all the stray dogs in Romania die? Yes, you are correct that strays (in the UK) are eventually put down (humanely by lethal injection), but the dogs in Romania are killed in the most horrifying ways, which I will not go into great depth about here – but I suggest you do some research. As for your comment about ‘Jollys’ – again, if you did your research, you will find that charities such as K-9 have well established logistics that minimize the costs of transporting dogs from Romania. They do not go and ‘collect’ the animals, they leverage existing transports and arrange owner collection of animals in the UK (after thorough home checks, and after the dog has been spayed/neutered). I very rarely comment on posts, and have registered now to post this – but I feel the need to correct captain grumpy above on what are glaring inaccuracies on his/her part. These people do not get paid, they volunteer, they do it out of a passion for the animals which they are saving, regardless of their location. The suggestion that a UK animal, or person for that matter, is in some sense more valuable than another, is everything that is wrong with this world. nikita_1
  • Score: 10

7:39pm Wed 19 Feb 14

mmickk says...

nikita_1 wrote:
The fact that these dogs are in Romania is irrelevant; if anything they need help more than strays in the UK as the country does not have a well-established economy, and certainly doesn’t have the charity infrastructure to manage the problem. Is your suggestion that we simply let all the stray dogs in Romania die? Yes, you are correct that strays (in the UK) are eventually put down (humanely by lethal injection), but the dogs in Romania are killed in the most horrifying ways, which I will not go into great depth about here – but I suggest you do some research.

As for your comment about ‘Jollys’ – again, if you did your research, you will find that charities such as K-9 have well established logistics that minimize the costs of transporting dogs from Romania. They do not go and ‘collect’ the animals, they leverage existing transports and arrange owner collection of animals in the UK (after thorough home checks, and after the dog has been spayed/neutered).

I very rarely comment on posts, and have registered now to post this – but I feel the need to correct captain grumpy above on what are glaring inaccuracies on his/her part. These people do not get paid, they volunteer, they do it out of a passion for the animals which they are saving, regardless of their location. The suggestion that a UK animal, or person for that matter, is in some sense more valuable than another, is everything that is wrong with this world.
Call yourselves animal lovers yet its OK for UK dogs to be put down whilst your on some heroes crusade to import dogs from another country. Get off your high horse charity begins at home. Why not dispose of the Romanian dogs humanely and save the lives of are own dogs.
[quote][p][bold]nikita_1[/bold] wrote: The fact that these dogs are in Romania is irrelevant; if anything they need help more than strays in the UK as the country does not have a well-established economy, and certainly doesn’t have the charity infrastructure to manage the problem. Is your suggestion that we simply let all the stray dogs in Romania die? Yes, you are correct that strays (in the UK) are eventually put down (humanely by lethal injection), but the dogs in Romania are killed in the most horrifying ways, which I will not go into great depth about here – but I suggest you do some research. As for your comment about ‘Jollys’ – again, if you did your research, you will find that charities such as K-9 have well established logistics that minimize the costs of transporting dogs from Romania. They do not go and ‘collect’ the animals, they leverage existing transports and arrange owner collection of animals in the UK (after thorough home checks, and after the dog has been spayed/neutered). I very rarely comment on posts, and have registered now to post this – but I feel the need to correct captain grumpy above on what are glaring inaccuracies on his/her part. These people do not get paid, they volunteer, they do it out of a passion for the animals which they are saving, regardless of their location. The suggestion that a UK animal, or person for that matter, is in some sense more valuable than another, is everything that is wrong with this world.[/p][/quote]Call yourselves animal lovers yet its OK for UK dogs to be put down whilst your on some heroes crusade to import dogs from another country. Get off your high horse charity begins at home. Why not dispose of the Romanian dogs humanely and save the lives of are own dogs. mmickk
  • Score: -7

8:32pm Wed 19 Feb 14

nikita_1 says...

No one said it was ok - if you read I was simply comparing the ultimate fate which awaits animals in the UK and Romania respectively.

And the term 'charity begins at home' means taking care of one's family before taking care of others - it doesn't apply here. There are many reputable charities, well established, and well funded, already taking care of British dogs - and they do a great job.

Again you're under the illusion that a British stray deserves help more than a Romanian stray - this is simply not true. A British stray is invariably well looked after and euthanised, humanely, only when all options are exhausted.

In Romania dogs are killed in the most barbaric ways - acid was thrown on Ralph (the dog in the story above that you skim read). I could show you countless examples of similar incidents too.

Why you have such an issue with some people volunteering to prevent scenarios like this is beyond me.
No one said it was ok - if you read I was simply comparing the ultimate fate which awaits animals in the UK and Romania respectively. And the term 'charity begins at home' means taking care of one's family before taking care of others - it doesn't apply here. There are many reputable charities, well established, and well funded, already taking care of British dogs - and they do a great job. Again you're under the illusion that a British stray deserves help more than a Romanian stray - this is simply not true. A British stray is invariably well looked after and euthanised, humanely, only when all options are exhausted. In Romania dogs are killed in the most barbaric ways - acid was thrown on Ralph (the dog in the story above that you skim read). I could show you countless examples of similar incidents too. Why you have such an issue with some people volunteering to prevent scenarios like this is beyond me. nikita_1
  • Score: 4

8:22am Thu 20 Feb 14

gags2 says...

what new go in pubs in darwen Friday and Saturday you see a lot of dogs what are ugly
what new go in pubs in darwen Friday and Saturday you see a lot of dogs what are ugly gags2
  • Score: 1

2:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

thoroughbred says...

NO WAY IS THAT DOG UGLY, I FIND PUGS A DARN SIGHT UGLIER
NO WAY IS THAT DOG UGLY, I FIND PUGS A DARN SIGHT UGLIER thoroughbred
  • Score: 0

10:39pm Thu 20 Feb 14

It's a spade! says...

I think the headline is a bit harsh!

She's quite an attractive woman!
I think the headline is a bit harsh! She's quite an attractive woman! It's a spade!
  • Score: 0

12:04am Fri 21 Feb 14

jaffa90 says...

It's a spade! wrote:
I think the headline is a bit harsh!

She's quite an attractive woman!
I agree, I wish I was an ugly dog.
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: I think the headline is a bit harsh! She's quite an attractive woman![/p][/quote]I agree, I wish I was an ugly dog. jaffa90
  • Score: 0

12:39am Sat 22 Feb 14

Darwen Malc says...

jaffa90 wrote:
It's a spade! wrote:
I think the headline is a bit harsh!

She's quite an attractive woman!
I agree, I wish I was an ugly dog.
Pratts!
[quote][p][bold]jaffa90[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: I think the headline is a bit harsh! She's quite an attractive woman![/p][/quote]I agree, I wish I was an ugly dog.[/p][/quote]Pratts! Darwen Malc
  • Score: 0

12:01pm Sat 22 Feb 14

cathedral citi says...

far from ugly!
far from ugly! cathedral citi
  • Score: 0

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