‘Lovely’ dog born with wonky face desperate to find owner before Christmas

A rescue puppy born with such a wonky face that she scares people off is desperate to find an owner.

Bethany, an eight-month-old Labrador cross, suffers from a severe facial disfigurement that means her entire snout twists and droops to one side, exposing her teeth.

Her mum was a street dog in Romania when she fell pregnant, but a family took her in and helped care for her litter of five pups until they could be rescued.

It is believed that the puppies are part Pekingese, and the mixture of genes may have contributed to Bethany's wonky face.

However, she can eat, drink, run and play just like any other pup.

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Bethany’s rescuers at the charity Safe Rescue For Dogs, who are based in Norwich, Norfolk, desperately want to find her a permanent home.

Volunteer fosterer Zoe Casey, 46, said: "There's absolutely nothing wrong with Bethany – she doesn't even snore when she's asleep.

"People have asked 'are we sure we're doing the right thing?' and 'how do we know?'. We know because she's been vet checked and checked again at Calais and Dover at DEFRA.

"If she was ill, she would have been seized because that's their job. She is absolutely fine. She is the most amazing dog. She is gentle and happy.

"We have been out walking her and she's already fine off the lead. She runs around and comes back when called.

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Bethany loves kids and is also good with other dogs, according to Zoe.

She added: “She is very much [like] a Labrador in her temperament. She's happy-go-lucky and absolutely lovely.

"There is an attitude of people looking for the picture-perfect dog but I think people need to look a bit deeper.

"We hope Bethany finds a normal family who treats her like a normal dog because she is normal even if she doesn't look it.”

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One of Bethany's siblings has been rehomed already and the charity is still waiting on the arrival of the last two pups into the country.

Zoe believes a facial disfigurement is much easier to accept than the emotional turmoil some rescue dogs have endured.

She continued: "People do see Bethany and they're a bit shocked by her face but when you have worked in the industry, you aren't shocked, you just accept it.

"Sometimes a facial disfigurement is not as bad as a mental disfigurement when does have been treated badly.

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"Bethany has not been treated badly. Luckily her mum was rescued before she was born so she hasn't had a bad life. She's not worried or scared.

"With so many dogs we have to work through how they have been treated and that's worse.

"You can get over Bethany's facial disfigurement the moment she looks up at you with he tail wagging."

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