Blind puppy Bea was rescued just as breeders planned to have her put down

Ellen Scott for 24 Mar 2017 1:37 pm

(Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)

Poor little Bea the puppy has had a rough start to life – but things are starting to look up.

Born blind, at five weeks old Bea was taken to the vets to be put to sleep – because the breeders who owned her didn’t believe a blind dog would sell.

Thankfully, the vet refused to put Bea down.

Instead, the vet brought little Bea to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, where she was quickly taken to the home’s veterinary hospital for treatment.

The puppy was so young that she needed around-the-clock care. As she’d been taken from her mum too early, Bea needed to be hand-reared.

She was taken on by a nurse, who volunteered to foster her and make sure she received all the treatment she needed.

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After being assessed by the vets, it was found that while Bea does have extremely limited vision that may continue to deteriorate, she’s otherwise healthy and perfectly able to live a happy life.

Shaun, head vet at Battersea, said: ‘Bea copes really well with her disability – she quickly maps out the room she’s in and is soon hopping around happily.

‘Like any puppy, she loves to play and you often see her running around the room carrying a tennis ball that’s even bigger than she is.

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‘We don’t expect her to be here very long once she’s ready to go to a new home.’

Bea’s been finding comfort in her new friend, a golden Labrador named Barney who was also rescued from a puppy farm.

They play and snuggle up together, providing reassurance after tough early days.

‘Bea’s story goes to show how unscrupulous the world of dog breeding and puppy sales can be,’ said Sean.

‘Dogs are not commodities – just because they may not sell for much money doesn’t mean they should just be written off.

(Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)

(Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)

‘Bea can live a perfectly normal life and will make someone a loving pet but we know there are many more puppies out there who won’t be as lucky as her, and will sadly be dumped or destroyed purely because their breeder puts profit before animal welfare.

‘If a breeder does not want to care for a dog like Bea, then we would encourage them to please bring them to a rescue centre rather than putting them to sleep.

‘They deserve a chance.’

(Picture: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home)

Bea isn’t yet up for adoption as she’s a touch too young, but she’ll be searching for a new home very soon.

If you think you could give the pup the loving home she deserves, you can drop in to Battersea, email them at, or call on 0843 509 4444.