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Rosie Charity Shop in Madley could close as soon as it opened if more don't show support
A WOMAN who set up a charity shop after witnessing first hand the horrors of puppy farms fears her shop may close unless more people show their support.
Jackie Gardner opened the Rosie Charity Shop in Madley in August this year, with all donations going to the Hereford and Worcester Animal Rescue which helps dogs in need.
She opened the shop “as a way to say thanks” to the charity, from which she rehomed rescue dog Rosie in February.
She is a shih tzu who endured life in a Welsh puppy farm, where vets believe she was forced to give birth to around 80 puppies.
With the help of the charity, Jackie has nursed Rosie back to health despite the dog having to have an eye removed, being malnourished, losing all her teeth and being completely untrained.
Despite all this, she says since opening she has had as few as three people per week visit her shop, which is based on Brampton Lane.
Jackie, who mans the shop seven days a week despite being in a wheelchair, said: “I’m really disappointed with how few people have come to the shop as it is for such a good cause.
“I’ve made posters and flyers which have been handed out, and the shop is full of nearly new clothes, shoes, toys – all sorts.
“All the money goes to the charity who do such an amazing job. I just don’t know why so few people have been in.
“I do it all because I love the dogs so much.
“It brings tears to my eyes to think of what some of these dogs go through.
“I really don’t want to have to close but if things don’t pick up in the coming months I may be forced to, but I really don’t want that.”
For more information on the charity, visit hwanimalrescue.org.
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