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After 759 days in kennels, Theo the Alaskan Malamute has found a new home

PUBLISHED: 11:19 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:19 22 November 2016

Theo spent two years at Battersea Brands Hatch - but now he has a new home

Theo spent two years at Battersea Brands Hatch - but now he has a new home

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The dog spent two years at Battersea Brands Hatch

Theo, Battersea Brands Hatch's longest resident, with his new family and friends in OxfordshireTheo, Battersea Brands Hatch's longest resident, with his new family and friends in Oxfordshire

A down-on-his-luck dog has had a change of fortune, having spent two years at a kennels in West Kingsdown.

Theo, an Alaskan Malamute, was found wandering the streets of south west London in 2014, and was transferred to Battersea Brands Hatch kennels.

The ‘beautiful’ hound had been at the animal shelter ever since, until six months ago when he was introduced to a couple from Oxforshire.

Holly and Danny Stepney described Theo, who has heterochromia - when each eye is a different colour, as a perfect fit to their home.

But when Mrs Stepney was rushed into surgery, Theo’s wait for a home went on.

Whilst she was in recovery, the dog lover was constantly checking Battersea’s website.

She said: “We already have two little dogs, and with me recovering, we just didn’t think it would’ve been fair to adopt Theo when we couldn’t give him the proper attention that he needs.

“I explained to Battersea staff that if by the time I had fully recovered and lovely Theo was still at the Home, then we would still be interested. We were so surprised to find that he was still there though - I don’t know why – he’s amazing.”

Husband Danny added: “Theo’s beautiful, crazy and stubborn, but such a lovable rogue.

“He’s enjoying all the space in the meadows during his walks and training. But he’s also very happy snuggling by my feet in his new comfy bed.”

Team leader at Battersea Brands Hatch, Dermot Rudd, said: “It’s so great that Theo has finally got his happy ever after, it was certainly a long time coming.

“We’ll miss him a lot as he’s just so friendly and lovable, but we’re so glad to see him go off into the world and bring someone else the joy that he brought us whilst he’s been at Battersea.”

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