A VERY lucky little hamster is all set to go to a lovely new home this weekend after being rescued from a dog litter bin by a Berwick council worker.
Dusty, as the hamster has since been named, was plucked from a dog litter bin in Spittal by Bert Walsh, a member of the county council’s street cleansing team.
Bert, who is based in the council’s Tweedmouth depot, told the Advertiser: “I’ve found a few things in my time, but never anything like that!
“When I took the bag out the bottom came out of it a bit, so the hamster had obviously bitten through the bottom of the bag and it was just sitting there at the bottom. I got in touch with the office and they got in contact with BARK and one of the lads came down and collected it.”
Bert found the hamster in a dog litter bin at the top of Highcliffe, Spittal. Linda Hall, technical administrator at the council’s Tweedmouth depot, said: “It was an absolutely deliberate and disgusting thing to do, dumping a poor defenceless little creature like that in a bin of any sort. The culprit responsible for such an act has absolutely no feelings or shame.”
Fortunately, despite its rather rough time at the bottom of a bin, Dusty is none the worse for the experience. Jan Ross, BARK kennel manager, said: “The hamster is fine and has found a home. It will go there on Saturday. Technically it is a stray, so we have to leave it for seven days in case the owner comes forward.”
Jan said it was fortunately not a regular occurrence in the local area, although she did say that people often took animals to BARK claiming they were strays when in fact they were their own.
But, Jan added: “Although it is not ideal for us as we don’t know the name of the animal I would much prefer that than the animal be dumped and wandering around at risk of being injured. If it had been found in a normal bin it could have been accidental, as hamsters can escape, but not since it was found in a dog poo bin – there’s no way you put stuff in a poo bin and not know about it.”
Dusty will be heading to a loving home this weekend all being well, with an owner who already keeps hamsters.
“The owner who is taking Dusty has other hamsters and has superb facilities for it,” said Jan.
A number of staff at the council’s Tweedmouth depot have pets that have come from rescue centres, including BARK.
Linda said: “I have a collie called Kim, Derek has a lurcher called Fudge, which suffered immense cruelty before going to BARK and being rehomed with Derek, and Bert himself has a west highland terrier and a cat, both of which were rescue animals.”