Double Ds: Dolly Parton promises to adopt dog abandoned at Glastonbury

Dolly the abandoned Glastonbury dog

One of the more unusual forgotten items left behind at Glastonbury this year was found cowering in a pile of rubbish - a white lurcher which has since been named Dolly.

Dolly the dog was discovered during a clean-up after thousands of festival-goers left the site. She was found cowering in a small and stifling hot tent, clearly distressed, with some food provided but no water in her bowl.

She was named after the festival's headline act, Dolly Parton, as no one knows what her real name is.

Double Ds: Dolly Parton promises to adopt dog abandoned at Glastonbury

Dolly is staying at the nearby Happy Landings animal shelter. In a message on its website, Happy Landings describes Dolly as a “sweet-natured older lady”.

"A sweet-natured older lady, she arrived with a serious ear infection which has now had treatment and is currently under further assessment."

The shelter have also stressed that if her owners do come forward they will be charged with neglect and Dolly will not be handed back.

Double Ds: Dolly Parton promises to adopt dog abandoned at Glastonbury

The shelter said it had received many phone calls from concerned members of the public after the dog’s plight emerged.

However, it seems Dolly won't have long to wait for her forever home - Dolly Parton herself has offered to adopt the lurcher if no one else comes forward for her.

“I had my manager call the Happy Landings animal shelter to make sure the dog is being treated and cared for properly," said the 68-year old Nine-to-Five singer.

“At this time, nobody has claimed the dog and the dog is in great hands at the shelter. I will take the dog home to America if nobody claims her within a reasonable amount of time.”

Double Ds: Dolly Parton promises to adopt dog abandoned at Glastonbury

Dolly Parton performing at Glastonbury

She also sent a video message saying she is “very honoured and flattered” that the dog had been named after her.

"I was sad that someone left the little dog behind. How could that be? In the meantime everybody is on top of it and have promised they'll take care of that little dog. I feel honoured and flattered that they have called her Dolly."

It is not the first time the singer has had an animal named in her honour.

After Dolly the Sheep became the world’s first successfully cloned mammal, doctors revealed she was so-named because she was derived from a mammary gland cell – and they said they could not think of a more impressive pair of glands than Parton’s.


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