Ziggy’s Christmas gift as he finds forever home

Ziggy and his new owner Dominic.
Ziggy and his new owner Dominic.

A dog that warmed the hearts of the public after surviving being shot in the head with a 20-inch crossbow bolt has found a loving new home in time for Christmas.

Staffordshire terrier Ziggy was rehomed on Saturday with his new owner Dominic O’Hare, who lives in Hertfordshire.

Ziggy rehomed in time for Christmas.

Ziggy rehomed in time for Christmas.

The two-year-old Staffy hit headlines across the world. when he was found with a 20-inch carbon bolt in his head on October 22 in remote woodland, near Wansford.

In the space of just a week, the RSPCA received in excess of 100 offers from people across the country wanting to give Ziggy a new home.

Dominic, aged 25, who lives with his dad Mick, heard about Ziggy after seeing the news online.

He said: “When I saw the photo of Ziggy I was disgusted. There is no need for someone to do that to an animal when we have the RSPCA and rescue shelters.”

Dominic and his partner Emma Burtonwood were keen to rehome Ziggy and contacted Block Fen Animal Centre in March, where Ziggy was being looked after.

Dominic was invited to come and meet Ziggy at Block Fen and the pair got on so well that Dominic was chosen as his new owner.

He said: “He’s your typical two-year-old Staffy. He’s got lots of energy, yet he’s so affectionate - he was in need of a good home.”

Ziggy has been settling in well at his new home and has been introduced to Dominic’s nine-year-old labrador Dylan, who Ziggy is getting on well with.

He said: “We are currently training him and he has come on leaps and bounds in the past three days.

“I’ve brought him lots of toys for Christmas and I can assure you he will be spoilt rotten.”

RSPCA inspector Justin Stubbs said: “I am absolutely delighted Ziggy has found his forever home for Christmas after having such a distressing last three months.

“From what I saw at Block Fen Ziggy has not been affected by the incident and Dominic is lucky to have adopted a wonderful little personality.

“I would like to thank everyone for their support.”

The RSPCA is still investigating the incident and anyone with any information is urged to call 0300 1238018.