VOLUNTEERS at the Rottweiler Welfare Association, which is based in Tean, are pulling out all the stops to raise cash to look after the many dogs they have in their care.
The charity, which rents kennels in both Tean, Werrington, and Tredegar, Wales, last August took on an additional 17 Rottweilers which had been found in awful conditions by police earlier in the year.
Officers seized the dogs in February last year from a farm in Rushall, Herefordshire, after they found 26 animals in poor health and kept in unsuitable conditions at a property in the village.
A spokesman for West Mercia Police explained: "These poor animals were living as a pack on the land.
"They had no bedding. were not tamed in any way and were being fed on a diet of sheep carcasses."
In order to run the Rottweiler Welfare Association and cope with its average yearly work, volunteers need to raise £96,000 annually just to cover general running costs, which include kennel and veterinary fees.
Taking in these additional 17 cruelty case Rottweilers means that the charity needs to find an additional £20,000 a year.
Jenny Darboe, one of the volunteers at the Rottweiler Welfare Association, said: "We are very grateful for all the kind donations given to this appeal so far.
"We have, thanks to some very wonderful people, successfully rehomed all of the puppies involved, as well as three of the poor adult dogs.
"We now have in our care the remaining adult dogs, who are Aramis, Arwen, Arragon, Annie, Bertie, Becki and Byron. All of them have suffered the most devastating lives so far.
"They have lived all of their lives in total abuse as if wild animals, being fed on dead carcasses as their only source of food, and kept in their own excrement.
"These poor dogs need a tremendous amount of tender loving care and rehabilitation before being in a position to go onto their new homes.
"The wonderful amount of money raised so far is thanks to people's generosity, but we desperately need more help to make sure their futures are assured and they can receive all veterinary treatment required, together with the numerous other Rottweilers in our care."
To donate to the charity, visit its website at www.rottweilerwelfare.co.uk, or go to www.justgiving.com/stuart-last.
The charity runs a 'Share and Care' programme which is designed to help dogs who find themselves in welfare with no prospect of a permanent home in the foreseeable future, because they are elderly or have long-term but not fatal illness, or are just difficult to rehome.
The charity also hosts numerous fund-raising events including sponsored walks, bingo nights and fashion shows, and also host Doggie Tombola stalls at a variety of community events.
The charity's next major fund-raiser of a 'Rottie Rumble' will take place in June in Nantwich.