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Public astounded at Brit couple who found injured pooch in Barbados

It may be a bitter pill for some to swallow when shelters in the UK are at bursting point, but one British pair has spent a small fortune to import a sick dog from the Windies.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 20/10/2020, 09:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:24

Liverpudlians Georgia Harding and Sam Blackburn were on holiday in Barbados this month when they spotted two dogs by the side of the road. Both of the animals were worse for wear - malnourished and dehydrated - prompting the couple to take them to a nearby shelter.

Although the shelter welcomed one of the dogs, the other – nicknamed Simba – was not so lucky. Ms Harding was distraught at the prospect of leaving the dog to its fate, and urged Mr Blackburn to arrange its deportation to the UK.

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Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Harding said, “I was distraught and couldn’t leave him.

“We got him chipped, treated and managed to get it sorted so that he could come home with us.”


Before his journey to the UK, Simba was quarantined for three weeks. On his arrival, he was taken to a vet who told the couple the dog would need surgery for a broken paw.

Vet’s fees will amount to around £8,200. To meet this amount the couple has turned to the British public. Harding and Blackburn continue to accrue donations.

British shelters

“He is desperate to play and jumping around on it, so we’re in the process of getting it sorted,” Harding said.

In the UK, shelters are at bursting point. The numbers of resident dogs and cats is at an all-time high due to Covid. If you would like to adopt a dog or cat, head to shelter homes such as Battersea and Dogs Trust.