Corrie actor's rescue dog steals the show
Coronation Street actor Daniel Brocklebank is having to get used to sharing the limelight after adopting an adorable Dachshund from Dogs Trust.
Daniel, who plays vicar Billy Mayhew in the soap, recently adopted the four-month old - who he has called Colin - after the pup was illegally imported into the UK, but rescued by our Puppy Smuggling campaign.
"I had been thinking about getting a dog for quite a while but it's a huge commitment so I wanted to wait for the right time. I had moved house, I have some time off work and everything just fell into place.
"I knew I wanted to adopt a rescue dog and it was love at first sight! He has settled in wonderfully and his confidence is growing by the day. He loves to play and he loves heading out and meeting lots of dogs and people. He attracts a lot of attention! He's a joy."
What is Puppy Smuggling?
Colin was one of a litter of six puppies illegally imported into the UK from Hungary. Having travelled over 1,000 miles in horrendous conditions the litter was seized at the border by enforcement authorities before being coming into our care.
Over the past four years we have cared for nearly 1,000 illegally imported dogs including French Bulldogs, Dachshunds and Pugs, which would have been worth more than £1million to those illegally importing them.
Carol Margieson, Deputy Manager at Dogs Trust Manchester was caring for Colin and his siblings before his adoption. She says:
"Colin and his siblings had a tough start in life and its fantastic that they have gone on to brilliant homes. If, like Daniel, you are ready to welcome a dog into your life, please consider adopting a rescue dog. Just like Colin, all of our dogs, young and old, deserve a second chance at happiness with a family that will love and care for them for the rest of their lives."