Jungle pup brought back from death’s door by Eastbourne man needs a home

Taz the dog needed a great deal of medical treatment
Taz the dog needed a great deal of medical treatment

A local man who nursed a stray jungle puppy back from death’s door is hoping to find a home for it back in Eastbourne.

Andy Barton came across the emaciated Belgian shephard Taz while travelling in Guatemala.

Taz enjoying the sea

Taz enjoying the sea

Together with his friend Joe Freeman, they fed him, removed around 70 ticks from his body and took him to a vet.

Andy said, “We were at a restaurant on the edge of the jungle and he just walked out, basically on death’s door.

“It didn’t take long for us come to the conclusion we cannot walk away from this pup without doing whatever we can to save his life.

“Taz is absolutely amazing, even in his current state he is still such a happy boy. We took him under our wing.”

Taz with rescuer Joe Freeman

Taz with rescuer Joe Freeman

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Andy has set up a fundraising page to help cover some of Taz’s care costs – such as blood tests, tick born disease tests, medication, vaccinations, and worming and flea treatments.

The builder, who is currently volunteering at an animal sanctuary and putting his skills towards making a ‘puppy palace’ there, said, “We got him all he treatment he needed and decided to keep him until he’s strong instead of just leaving him at the vets.

“We are raising funds to find him a home but until then he’ll stay with us travelling the world.

Andy Barton and Becky Middhatt of Normbehind

Andy Barton and Becky Middhatt of Normbehind

“We’ve raised quite a bit already and we would also love for someone in Eastbourne to adopt him if possible.

“We love him and already know it’s going to be really hard giving him up. We will be paying for everything up until he arrives on someone’s doorstep.”

Andy, 26, is travelling the world with his girlfriend Becky Middhat, 25, and blogging the experience on www.normbehind.com.

For Taz’s fundraiser, visit: www.gofundme.com/saving-taz-the-jungle-pup