A DENTON-BASED dogs charity proved a star attraction when a Coronation Street actress adopted her new dog.
Jane Danson, more famous as the soap’s Leanne Battersby, welcomed two-year-old Labrador Millie into her home with husband Rob Beck after spotting it at Dogs Trust Manchester.
This is the third time a Coronation Street cast member has adopted a dog from the centre.
Daniel Brocklebank, who plays vicar Billy Mayhew, took in dachshund Colin, who had been illegally smuggled into the UK, earlier this year.
And Adam Blease, who works on the soap as a background artist in the Street’s Underworld factory as Dirk, adopted spaniel Poppy.
And as soon as she laid eyes on her, she knew she was the one for her.
Jane said: “Both myself and Rob grew up with dogs and we had been looking to adopt for a while.
“We went along to Dogs Trust Manchester and were introduced to Millie as the staff felt she could be the one for us, and they were right.
“From the moment we met her we knew she would be perfect for us and she has settled in brilliantly.
“She is never happier than when playing with balls, a minimum of two, she loves running in the water in the park and she gives the best cuddles to the whole family.
“We feel so lucky to have Millie in our lives. It feels like she has been here forever.
“We would encourage anyone wanting to welcome a dog into their family to rescue and give a dog a second chance at being part of a family that adores them, like we do!
“Visiting Dogs Trust Manchester has definitely changed our lives for the better. We are so excited about sharing every day with Millie for many years to come.”
Millie is just one of more than 4,000 dogs that have found a new home courtesy of Dogs Trust Manchester, which is based on Parkway near Sainsbury’s supermarket, since it opened in 2014.
Deputy manager Carol Margieson said: “Millie’s owners brought her to us as they realised that due to long working hours they couldn’t be with her as much as she needed them to be, as she is a young, energetic dog.
“So many dogs are handed over to us due to owners having a change in working hours, illness or death in the family, relationship breakdown or a change in housing meaning they can’t take the dog with them.
“Owners are often heartbroken having to give up their dog and it’s our priority to find them a forever home with an ideal family, which Jane and Rob turned out to be for Millie.”
• Find out more about the Dogs Trust Manchester on their website: www.dogstrust.org.uk