Dog That 'Only Understands Polish' Finds Bilingual Home

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RSPCA staff believed that Cent, a border collie, was untrainable because he would not follow commands – until they discovered he was trained in Polish. he homeless hound has now been found a home with a bilingual Polish family in Essex.Dominik Mroz, 16, said: “As my family speak both Polish and English there was a real connection to Cent. “In the few days we’ve been with Cent, he has already made our jaws drop out of amazement for his intelligence and affection.

“We speak to Cent in English and Polish and have discovered some commands that he reacts to strongly in Polish so we’ll continue with these.”

Mandy Tierney, branch manager of RSPCA Oldham, added: “It was lovely to see Cent with his new family.”All the staff at the shelter felt like proud parents waving off our child when he left.”We couldn’t have asked for a better family to adopt him and it’s brilliant that he is going to stay bilingual.”


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Dog That 'Only Understands Polish' Finds Bilingual Home

polish-dog_1567500c

RSPCA staff believed that Cent, a border collie, was untrainable because he would not follow commands – until they discovered he was trained in Polish. he homeless hound has now been found a home with a bilingual Polish family in Essex.Dominik Mroz, 16, said: “As my family speak both Polish and English there was a real connection to Cent. “In the few days we’ve been with Cent, he has already made our jaws drop out of amazement for his intelligence and affection.

“We speak to Cent in English and Polish and have discovered some commands that he reacts to strongly in Polish so we’ll continue with these.”

Mandy Tierney, branch manager of RSPCA Oldham, added: “It was lovely to see Cent with his new family.”All the staff at the shelter felt like proud parents waving off our child when he left.”We couldn’t have asked for a better family to adopt him and it’s brilliant that he is going to stay bilingual.”


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Couple Taped Up Tortoises To Smuggle Into Britain

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Herpetologist Michael Mates and his partner Carol Wormley, both 42 and from Walthamstow, east London, returned from Corfu with the animals hidden in luggage, magistrates in Harlow, Essex, were told.Both were ordered to carry out unpaid work and banned from keeping reptiles for 10 years after admitting breaking laws designed to protect wildlife. Prosecutor Angela Hughes said the Hermann’s Tortoises had been taken from their natural habitat in Corfu then packed in bags and suitcases. She said one was taped to stop it moving around.

Miss Hughes said the couple kept the creatures in a hotel room before taking them on to a plane and flying to Stansted.She told the court that both were arrested when they landed at the airport in July.Magistrates were told that Gates was a herpetologist who had a collection of reptiles.Jeremy Sirrell, for Gates, said his client had been trying to rescue the tortoises after seeing them treated cruelly and had not intended to sell them.
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