The RSPCA is looking for a new home for one of its long term residents, an English Bull Terrier with a passion for ball games. Named after Manchester United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Fergie is a four-year-old English Bull Terrier who likes nothing more than a kick-about.

Fergie was brought into the RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter near Exeter seven months ago after her owners decided they could no longer give her the care she needed.

Staff quickly discovered that Fergie’s greatest pleasure in life was playing with a ball. She even broke off from giving birth to eight pups for a quick game shortly after her arrival at the centre.

Shelter manager Neil Edwards said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. Fergie is absolutely obsessed with ball-games.

“Fergie’s ideal owner would be a football fan – someone to spend a good long time with her every day just playing ball. She’s not very keen on other dogs but loves human company.”

Fergie needs a home where she will be the only dog, and with older or no children. She is a strong an energetic dogand would require an experienced owner.

Anyone interested in rehoming Fergie should telephone the RSPCA Little Valley Animal Shelter (tel: 01392 439898) or visit: www.rspcaexeter.org.uk.