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Blind pooch voted RSPCA top dog

Oliver's happy with his new owner
A blind dog who bounced back from a sad start in life has been voted dog of the year by animal charity the RSPCA.

Oliver the bullmastiff was dumped by a breeder when he was a puppy because he had an eye infection.

He was found by a dog warden before Christmas 2005, but vets were unable to save his sight.

Oliver, now two, found a new, happy home with Julie Harkness, who was delighted her pooch won the national vote to be named top dog.

Julie, from Houghton-le-Spring, near Sunderland, said: "He's a true inspiration. We're so proud of him."

RSPCA chief vet Mark Evans added: "Oliver's had such a tough start to life, but despite everything he's now such a happy dog."

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